Local schools and volunteers on a mission to plant more trees

You can’t plant too many trees. And that’s what students from nine local schools, and a community volunteer group, will have on their mind when they head-out to plant hundreds of native trees this winter.

The local tree planting is being undertaken as part of Australia’s biggest citizen-science event, National Tree Day and School Tree Day, during which schools, and the wider community help restore and care for their local landscapes.

This year marks the 21st anniversary of National Tree Day – an initiative launched by Planet Ark in 1996.

NACC Regional Landcare Facilitator Stanley Yokwe said the National Tree Day and School Tree Day provide an opportunity for local schools and community groups to do something positive for their local environment and community, and to connect with the nature and give back to the local community in a meaningful way.

In the spirit of celebrating 21 years of National Tree Days, the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) have approved funding to nine schools and  groups to participate in a series of tree planting days across the region. These activities will see more than 1,000 students, members of Parents and Citizen Groups, and other community members participating in restoring their local environment.

The local schools and community groups that receiving NACC funding for National Tree Day include:

  • Cervantes Primary School, and Cervantes Coastal Care.
  • Dalwallinu District High School.
  • Geraldton Grammar School.
  • John Willcock College.
  • Leaning Tree Community School.
  • Morawa District High School.
  • Mullewa District High School.
  • WA College of Agriculture Morawa.
  • Geraldton Rotary Club.

“It is encouraging to see such an overwhelming participation of our schools in NACC’s National Tree Day grants this year,” said Stanley.

“Despite living in regional Australia, many children still never have the opportunity within their locality to plant a tree. So it’s great for NACC to not only give them an opportunity to plant a tree through this initiative, but also to help them better understand the importance of planting native species to tie in with the conditions of the area, the local bird and insect species, and to provide links to existing remnant bushland.”

This year’s National Tree Day grants have been administered by NACC using funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme – through NACC’s Regional Landcare Facilitator, Biodiversity Program, and the State NRM funded project Elevate Your Impact.

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