Chil­dren dig in for the fu­ture

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS -

WESTERWAY Pri­mary School stu­dents have dug in for a good cause and got their hands dirty to cel­e­brate Na­tional Tree Day for schools.

Stu­dents gath­ered near Mt Field on Fri­day for a tree plant­ing ses­sion, which was part of the lat­est WildsC’ool pro­gram, a part­ner­ship be­tween Westerway Pri­mary, the Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice and Wild­care Inc group Friends of Mt Field.

The pro­gram, which has been run­ning for eight years, in­volves stu­dents in prac­ti­cal, on-ground con­ser­va­tion ac­tiv­i­ties be­side vol­un­teers at lo­cal re­serves and parks, in­clud­ing Mt Field Na­tional Park. It em­pha­sises the im­por­tance of look­ing af­ter the en­vi­ron­ment.

WildsC’ool were able to ob­tain 140 trees, gar­den stakes, guards and a place to plant along Mar­riotts Falls walk­ing track, River Re­serve.

The trees planted were sas­safras, myr­tle, na­tive olive, musk, Christ­mas bush, cheese­wood, dog­wood, sil­ver wat­tle, black­wood, and woolly tea tree.

Westerway teacher Wendy Holdsworth said the stu­dents had a great time reveg­e­tat­ing and look­ing af­ter their back­yard.

“Na­tional Tree day en­gaged our stu­dents in a fun, hands-on ac­tiv­ity that re­in­forced their en­vi­ron­men­tal, maths, science and creative arts learn­ing while car­ing for their own back­yard,” Ms Holdsworth said. “But most of all, it was fan­tas­tic to see our stu­dents work­ing as a team and en­joy­ing the tree plant­ing.”

TREMEN­DOUS: Westerway Pri­mary School stu­dent Jazmyn Fil­liponi, above, and her class­mates, in­set, cel­e­brate Na­tional Tree Day.

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