RE­TURN TO NA­TURE:

Mansfield Courier - - FRONT PAGE - PHOTO: Pam Zierk-Ma­honey

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...

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