Despite the wet and wild weather on the day, more than eight local schools and 300 students and staff from across the NACC NRM region participated in planting more than 800 native trees in this year’s Planet Ark’s School Tree Day.
Each year, more than 2,500 schools and around 200,000 Australian school students and members of school communities participate in School Tree Day – a special series of National Tree Day events and activities designed specifically for young people.
The theme for this year’s School Tree Day was – Be Inspired: It’s in Our Nature – focussed on how nature ignites our inspiration, creativity and purpose, as well as offering significant health and wellbeing benefits.
— Stanley Yokwe (@StanleyYokwe) July 28, 2017
NACC Regional Landcare Facilitator Stanley Yokwe, who helped coordinate and support some of the activities, said it was encouraging and inspiring to see so many young people been motivated and taking care of their local natural environment.
“School Tree Day is not just about planting more trees,” he said. “It is also a great time for students to learn about the important role that nature plays in the life of our planet and why we must protect it,” he said.
Local schools and community groups from across the NACC NRM region that participated in this year’s National Tree Day activities included:
- Geraldton Grammar School
- Cervantes Primary School
- John Wilcock College
- Leaning Tree Community School
- Morawa District High School
- Mullewa District High School
- WA College of Agriculture Morawa
- Chapman Valley Primary School
- Geraldton Rotary Club.
Stanley expressed thanks on behalf of NACC to everyone who participated in this year’s tree planting events.
“We look forward to working with even more students and schools in future National Tree Day activities,” he said.
This year’s National Tree Day grants is an initiative of the Planet Ark supported by NACC through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme – as part of the NACC’s Regional Landcare Facilitator and the State NRM funded project Elevate Your Impact.