Project partners: From left, council's Samantha Marsh, Wakatipu Reforestation Trust's Joanna Smith, local Stars programme coordinator Divesh Singh and Kelvin Peninsula Community Association chairman David Mayhew at Jardine Park


If we’re back to Alert Level 1 by September 21, Jardine Park will host one of Queenstown’s biggest ever community planting days.

Under the ‘Stars programme’, introduced to Wakatipu High this year, more than 350 students from Years 12 and 13 and their Year 9 mentees will plant 1000-plus native trees on the park’s western side, where pines were recently clear-felled.

This will be the community project component of the Stars life skills programme, which is run nationwide by the Graeme Dingle Foundation — Wakatipu High’s the first school south of Christchurch to adopt it.

The local programme’s being delivered by former deputy head boy Divesh Singh.

‘‘It’s a day orchestrated to give back to our community,’’ he says.

The project’s being supported by Wakatipu Reforestation Trust and the landowner, Queenstown’s council, Kelvin Peninsula Community Association, which commissioned the landscaping plan, Wakatipu Youth Trust, local police and programme sponsors Skyline
Enterprises and Rothbury Insurance Brokers.

AJ Hackett’s donating four coaches to transport the students.

The planting day’s already been postponed from last weekend, due to current Alert Level 2
restrictions on mass gatherings.

If it can’t proceed this coming Monday, council contractors will plant the mountain beeches.