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by Greta Yeoman

Geraldine school pupils are teaming up with Lions members this weekend for an annual planting day.

The Geraldine Lions Club, in conjunction with the Timaru District Council, will host their yearly Roadside Pride planting day on Saturday morning.

Lions president Malcolm Lill said he had put the call out to high school pupils from the Geraldine area to take part, as many had been supported by financial grants from the club over the years.

“Lions give money to South Canterbury Hockey – which involves lots of Geraldine kids – as well as different school events,” he said.

Because of this, the planting day was a way for the youngsters to return the favour – while also helping the environment, Mr Lill said.

The Lions would be planting at Rangitata Island, between the two bridges, on Saturday morning.

The location was at the council’s suggestion.

Lions had planted in other places on the Island in the past few years and the growth was now clearly noticeable, Mr Lill said.

“It’s looking really nice.”

He estimated the Geraldine Lions had been involved with the planting days for more than 12 years.