Students dig in for National Tree Day
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.