Many arborists make light work
THEY'VE planted the seeds, nursed them into seedlings, and yesterday the kids of Nana Glen Public School saw their efforts come to fruition.
The children rallied at Nana Glen's Bridge Park to plant 60 of their native seedlings to help rehabilitate the park.
Each tree had been grown at the school's nursery, which has been a roaring success with the students, already producing thousands of seedlings.
"We don't go and play during recess, we just go and plant seeds and look after them," one student Heidi Madsen said.
"We do it all the time, we've learnt how to watch and care for them, and how to enjoy them," Jasmin Mahr said.
The students will go back to the park to care for their trees until established, and Nana Glen Landcare secretary Connie O'Connell believes this will benefit more than just the park.
"It gives the kids a sense of ownership of the park in the village, and more respect for the park and the environment they're living in," she said.
"They can see the the environment's future is in their hands."
The school involvement is part of a bigger project Nana Glen Landcare has been working on, weeding, planting native species, and generally rehabilitating the park.
Volunteers have planted hundreds of trees already, and by the end of the project will have replaced privet and camphor laurels with close to 800 indigenous trees to restore the health of the river system.
"This park was nothing but a big weed paddock," Ms O'Connell said.
"We'll have it all fenced off, to prevent cars from damaging the park. It's going to look wonderful."