Our aim at Ohope Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park (OBHP) has always been to preserve the natural beauty of the holiday park and the wider Ōhope Beach area so that future generations may enjoy it as we do today through energy and water saving, recycling and environmental programs.
For more than 10 years, our environmental commitment has been to help restore the dune area in front of the holiday park by planting 200-300 dune plants supplied by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.
Last week, ten students from St Joseph's School in Whakatane volunteered to be "dune restorers" by planting over 200 Spinifex. They learnt about the importance of the sand dunes, various plants and how over time dunes can grow, shrink, or move in the direction of prevailing winds. And by planting fore dune plant species - Spinifex Sericeus or Kowhangatara - it is the perfect sand dune stabilising plant with hairy silver grey leaves which grow into long rhizomes to trap the sand!
It was a great opportunity for the students to acquire new life skills and knowledge outside the classroom through community service. Now their mantra is "saving dunes, saves our beaches!" They especially enjoyed the bouncy pillow too ;)
Thank you Year 7 & 8 St Joseph's students for being such outstanding, caring and hard working students!