Digging deep for Schools Tree Day

STUDENTS from Risdon Vale Primary School headed outside to connect with nature and add some much needed greenery to their playground for Planet Ark’s National Schools Tree Day.

The students joined more than 3000 other schools to take part in the national event, which aims to revegetate the Australian landscape and teach young children about their local environment.

Risdon Vale Primary School teacher Peta Burr said students, teachers and volunteers had a “great time” planting and learning about the importance of trees and plants within nature.

“To help us celebrate, we welcomed Liberal Member for Franklin Jacquie Petrusma along to assist us in planting 150 native trees,” she said.

“These trees were planted as part of our new garden design to revegetate, protect and enhance our existing school garden.

“Many thanks to Forestry Tasmania for donating such healthy tree seedlings and to Clarence City Council for generously supplying us with tree guards and stakes to protect our new trees.”

This year’s theme for National School’s Tree Day was “Be Inspired: It’s in Our Nature” and highlighted how nature ignites our inspiration, creativity and purpose, as well as offers significant health and wellbeing benefits.

Ms Petrusma said Schools Tree Day was a great opportunity to teach children from a young age how to care for the natural environment.

“This gives students a great opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors while working together and learning about the importance of nature,” she said.

For more information about Planet Ark’s Schools Tree Day, visit http://treeday.planetark.org/schools.

Caption: Front row from left, Risdon Vale Primary School students Montana Laredo, Molly Page, Bella Stevens, Casper Smith, Jackson Knop and Logan Shaw with teacher Peta Burr and Liberal Member for Franklin Jacquie Petrusma.