ADDING TLC: Sunshine Beach students plant trees under the watchful eye of volunteer Bob Carey in the lead-up to National Tree Day.
ADDING TLC: Sunshine Beach students plant trees under the watchful eye of volunteer Bob Carey in the lead-up to National Tree Day. Contributed

Sunshine Beach is growing environmental protectors

SUNSHINE Beach State School ensured it didn't miss the opportunity to maintain green spaces and connect with nature as National Tree Day approached.

Last Friday, with the help of volunteer Bob Carey, children could be seen busily planting trees in the lead-up to Sunday's big event.

The area chosen was a remnant bushland zone of Noosa National Park, which consists of natural and protected bushland ranging from coastal high dune and heathland to wetlands.

It contains many species of both flora and fauna, such as the Glossy Black Cockatoo and Richmond Birdwing Butterfly, vine and much more.

The area is supported by community grants from groups including the Noosa Biosphere Reserve, NICA, Slow Food Noosa and Noosa Landcare, among others.

It is now an outstanding outside learning area for the students.

Over the past few years, a focus has been put on the return of natives within the school garden.

Passionate about sustaining their native environment, Mr Carey and Di Seels volunteer their time and knowledge with Sunshine Beach students in the permaculture garden to inform and inspire the next generation of environmental protectors.

A spokeswoman said new families to Sunshine Beach State School regularly commented on the beautiful and spacious grounds, as well as the vast array of native plants and the large number of shady trees, which also provided a cool and welcoming feel to the playgrounds for all the students.



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