No hedg­ing bets on en­vi­ron­ment

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis

ELEVEN stu­dents from Coly­ton Public School de­cided to plant a hedge in their cen­tral gar­den for this year’s Na­tional Tree Day.

Last week the school’s Green Team, which is tasked with the en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly jobs such as Clean Up Aus­tralia Day, planted 12 nan­dida shrubs as edg­ing for a cen­tral gar­den that lies be­tween the school play­ground and the li­brary.

Year 1 and 2 classes cre­ated tree-themed art­works made of re­cy­cled items as a back­drop to the gar­den.

The hedge grows in front of a hand mu­ral with the theme “Car­ing hands help trees grow”.

Evita Arce, 11, said it was im­por­tant to plant trees.

“Be­cause if we don’t plant trees we don’t have any oxy­gen,” Evita said.

Fel­low Year 6 stu­dent Rus­sell Ross agreed: “Be­cause they help us get oxy­gen and you can get shade and stuff from them.”

Teacher Natalie Young said the school tried to teach chil­dren about sus­tain­abil­ity and re­spect for the en­vi­ron­ment. “When we take stuff from the earth, we have to give back,” Ms Young said.

“The Green Team is St Clair Public School’s en­vi­ron­men­tal group.

“They run en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tives through­out the year such as school’s Clean Up Day and Earth Day.

“One rep­re­sent­ing stu­dent from each class is re­spon­si­ble for learn­ing about, im­ple­ment­ing and then com­mu­ni­cat­ing sus­tain­able ini­tia­tives back to their class.”

More than 22 mil­lion trees have been planted over the 20 years of Planet Ark’s Na­tional Tree Day.

Coly­ton Public School's Green Team plant­ing a hedge for Na­tional Tree Day.

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