Young­sters help the en­vi­ron­ment

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page - Pierra Wil­lix

Stu­dents across the Capes re­gion will be get­ting their hands dirty and con­nect­ing with na­ture as part of a na­tion­wide tree plant­ing day to­day.

Planet Ark’s Schools Tree Day will be held across the coun­try to­day, with stu­dents from thou­sands of schools and preschools head­ing out­side to help pre­serve and build on the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

This week, early learn­ing chil­dren at Blue­bird Child­care Cen­tre in Bus­sel­ton took part in the event, with a group of three to five-yearolds plant­ing around 25 trees in bush­land be­hind their cen­tre.

Blue­bird Child­care Cen­tre Bus­sel­ton di­rec­tor Mel Dixon said chil­dren at Blue­bird had been par­tic­i­pat­ing in the event for the past five years.

“Each year the chil­dren at Blue­bird plant trees and shrubs kindly do­nated by Geographe Com­mu­nity Land­care Nurs­ery,” she said.

“The chil­dren learn about the im­por­tance of car­ing for our en­vi­ron­ment and car­ing for our na­tive bush and shrub lands.

“Our ed­u­ca­tors teach the chil­dren the life cy­cle of a seed and what the seeds need to grow into a tree.”

Stu­dents from Au­gusta Primary School will be plant­ing their trees to­day, while stu­dents at Cowaramup Primary School will plant their trees later in the year.

Na­tional Tree Day man­ager Deb­bie Agnew said par­tic­i­pat­ing in the event, which has been run­ning since 1996, was a fun and ex­cit­ing way for stu­dents to have an au­then­tic na­ture ex­pe­ri­ence and ben­e­fit from learn­ing out­side.

Ms Agnew also said the event was a great op­por­tu­nity to teach chil­dren from a young age how to care for and pro­tect the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, as well as learn­ing about the im­por­tant role na­ture played in the life of the planet and why it must be pro­tected.

Pic­ture: Pierra Wil­lix

Blue­bird Child­care Cen­tre Bus­sel­ton’s So­phie, Jack and Pia plant their trees.

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