from Lake McIntyre Management for 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow
The 2014 Planet Ark’s Schools Tree Day provided all Australians with an opportunity to do something positive for the environment and reconnect with nature, thanks to support from longstanding major sponsors Toyota Australia.
Planet Ark works with councils, schools and community groups to help hundreds of thousands of Australians plant over 1 million native trees, shrubs and grasses at more than 4000 Tree Day events each year
National Tree Day and Schools Tree Day combine to make Australia’s biggest community nature care event. It aims to inspire, educate and recruit Australians to actively care for our unique land and create future generations of committed environmental custodians. Planet Ark’s research also demonstrates the benefits of interaction with nature for children’s health, wellbeing and development.
Representatives from Planet Ark, and Geoff Lowe from Millicent Toyota were present when once again Lake McIntyre provided the perfect place for 30 children from McArthur Park Kindergarten, together with their parents, and 6 students and their teacher from St Anthony’s, to plant an understory of shrubs at the base of Foster’s Hill.
Wattle Range Council provided workers and materials to prepare the site well before the planting day, which involved carting in and spreading soil and mulch. Lake Mac volunteers Noel Boyle and Sue Correll finished the site preparation and pre-dug the planting holes. They were also on hand to assist the children with the planting.
The children were all very eager and excited about their adventure outside to plant some bushes. Once the planting had finished the children were taken for a walk to the bird hide where a pair of binoculars were provided by Sue Varcoe from McArthur Park Kindergarten for the children to look at the birds. On the walk they were also lucky enough to see some possums high up in the trees. The children were each given a paper bag in which to put 5 things they found so they could take them back to the Kindergarten and display them on the “Lake McIntyre Table”.
Later in the month Angela Jones and some of the students from Newbery Park Primary School will visit the same site and plant some native grasses around the new bushes, to create a typical bushland setting for the area.
Photos by: Rosie Pounsett