RETURN TO NATURE:
Students from Mansfield primary schools helped to give nature a boost last week by planting some rarer species of natives along Ford Creek. Among the students from Mansfield Primary School were (from left) Nick Ball, Jemma Cherry, Audrey Smith and Chloe Cash.
WITH an energetic group of 27 students from Mansfield Rudolf Steiner School class 3 and 4 on August 4, some 100 rarer species of native plants were returned to the district, being planted along Fords Creek opposite the Botanical Park.
Students from Mansfield Rudolf Steiner School, led by Kerstie Lee of Up2Us Landcare, planted some 100 trees on the western side of the creek last Tuesday.
On Friday Mansfield Primary School’s Environment Group planted a further 77 plants on the eastern side of the creek.
With teaching from Kerstie (Landcare facilitator) and Kim Magnay (Silver Banksia Rescue Project coordinator), the children learned about the Silver Banksia which is now a threatened species on the brink of extinction in the wild.
Fords Creek area is an ideal location for trialling a reintroduction of the Silver Banksia and the children carefully planted 35 of these seedlings alongside more robust species.
Up2Us Landcare Alliance would like to thank the teachers, parents and students.
Great job everyone.
DIG FIRST: Tamsyn Murphy and Charli Cooper from Mansfield Primary School first had to clear the grass then dig a hole deep enough to plant their silver banksia - the planting program was part of the National Tre Day which was postponed earlier this...