Stu­dents plant­ing to help save the planet

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

CAN­NON­VALE State School stu­dents are a pas­sion­ate bunch when it comes to the en­vi­ron­ment and this Friday, they’ll do their bit to help the planet.

This Friday is Na­tional Tree Day and to cel­e­brate, one class will ven­ture to the front of the school to plant some veg­e­ta­tion while others par­tic­i­pate in en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tiv­i­ties.

Teacher at the school, Kerri Head said de­spite only hav­ing a small area to work with due to a large con­struc­tion site in place, they would still do their part.

“We’ve pre­pared a small area down the front of our school where we’ll plant low ly­ing shrubs and grasses,” she said.

Ms Head said it gave chil­dren the op­por­tu­nity to learn more and de­velop an ev­er­last­ing re­spect for the en­vi­ron­ment.

“It’s about get­ting the kids out there and en­joy­ing the idea of plant­ing trees and how it has a pos­i­tive im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment,” she said.

“You train them when they’re lit­tle and de­velop that passion for the en­vi­ron­ment which they’ll carry with them as they get older.”

Spokesper­son for Planet Ark, Re­becca Gilling said Na­tional Tree Day was a chance to “do good” for the en­vi­ron­ment and your health.

“We’ve found there are so many health and well­be­ing ben­e­fits of get­ting out with na­ture rather than be­ing in front of elec­tronic screens,” she said.

“We have plenty of ev­i­dence to sug­gest that when chil­dren con­nect with na­ture outdoors, they learn bet­ter, have re­duced ADHD symp­toms and are less likely to suf­fer from de­pres­sion.”

Ms Gilling said ed­u­cat­ing chil­dren about the en­vi­ron­ment was vi­tal for our fu­ture.

“They are the en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ards of to­mor­row,” she said.

Whit­sun­day Catch­ment Land­care will also host a Na­tional Tree Day ac­tiv­ity at Gail­braith Park in Can­non­vale on Sun­day, July 31 at 8.30am. For more in­for­ma­tion and to reg­is­ter for Na­tional Tree Day visit www.tree­day.plan­e­tark.org.

SAVE THE PLANET: In­di­ana O’Grady, Ava Grove, Tyson Wil­liams-Allen and James Miller at Can­non­vale State School where they will plant na­tive flora for Na­tional Tree Day on Friday.

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