Stu­dents dig in for Na­tional Tree Day

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - SU­SAN OONG

MOLESWORTH Pri­mary School stu­dents came up spades for Schools Tree Day on Fri­day, plant­ing more than 90 trees along an eroded em­bank­ment.

Peter Felm­ing­ham, co-or­di­na­tor of the school’s en­vi­ron­ment cen­tre, or­ches­trated the clean-up and the plant­ing of the mostly black­wood saplings.

Mr Felm­ing­ham ear­marked an area be­hind the school badly dam­aged by the May floods when ris­ing creek lev­els caused a river­bank col­lapse and ob­scured an 80m-long track with rub­ble.

The thor­ough­fare runs along­side Sorell Creek and is of­ten used by the stu­dents to ac­cess the bush blocks neigh­bour­ing the school.

Prin­ci­pal Leanne Smith, said the en­vi­ron­ment-fo­cused day was em­braced by the school’s 155 stu­dents.

On the day, each grade spent 45 min­utes work­ing in stages. The older stu­dents pre­pared the site by clear­ing the rub­ble, the mid­dle grades dug the plant­ing holes and the younger grades planted the saplings.

“We talked to the older kids about the fact that the own­er­ship of these trees be­longs to all of us,” Ms Smith said.

“Al­though they may not have phys­i­cally put the trees in the ground, with­out the prepa­ra­tion they did the trees wouldn’t sur­vive.”

Na­tional Tree Day, which in­cludes Schools Tree Day, started in 1996. More than 24 mil­lion trees have been planted across the coun­try.

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