Children dig in for the future
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.