Even if the students have done a remarkable job, they have managed to clear only 1/5 of the land affected by the plants.

During the exercise, great care was taken to prevent injury to the kids, since the main tool used were sharp machetes.

Most of the slashing and cutting were done by SNPA and school staff. The job of the students were to pull and dispose of the plants.

They were shown (as was explained in the talk the day before), that the plants should be disposed of, on a “tartar” or on a rock to dry. Should the plant get in contact with the ground they will grow back.

The two main invasive species removed that day were Fowatouk (Clidemiahirta) and the Trumpet (Thumbergiagrandiflora).

“I feel really good today, I am happy as I have done something good for the environment,” expressed one girl.

“We also have these plants in India and normally they are cleared when people start constructing on the land,” explained a student of Indian origin.

“There are quite a lot of creepers close to my grandmother’s place. Now I know how to remove them so I can her help out,” commented one boy who was obviously happy that he has been selected by his school to participate.

SNPA is very pleased with Mont Fleuri school’s contribution towards the project and to biodiversity conservation and is asking other groups or organisation who wants to join the fight against invasive plants, to contact them on 2813992. Just like Mont Fleuri school they will feel delighted towards making a positive contribution to the country’s unique and rich environment.

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