Bishop Druitt College students plant a tree in Bongil Bongil National Park.
Bishop Druitt College students plant a tree in Bongil Bongil National Park. Coffs Coast Advocate

Kids' tree planting rejuvenates Bongil Bongil

BONGIL Bongil got a makeover this week, when students from Bishop Druitt College joined forces with Country Energy for an environmental project.

More than 30 young locals aged between six and 12 years old planted 200 trees in the National Park on Monday as part of a bush rejuvenation project led by Country Energy.

Earlier in the year, Country Energy and National Parks and Wildlife cleared vegetation growing near the powerlines on the edge of Bongil Bongil, and Country Energy's regional general manager Andrew Latta said the bush rejuvenation is a way of giving something back to the park and the community. “We are aiming to establish an area the young people involved can visit in the future as something they created,” he said.

Bishop Druitt College Vacation Care spokesperson Helen Parkes said the project was a chance for children to make a difference to their environment. “At Bishop Druitt College we are blessed by the beauty of our surroundings, boasting not just a rainforest but a creek as well,” she said.

“We appreciate and promote an understanding of the importance of our natural world.”

There are plans for the children involved to return to Bongil Bongil in 20 years time with their own children to see how their handiwork has grown.



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