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Tree planting project enhances school grounds

Tasmanian students got down and dirty this week for National Schools Tree Day.

Students from Lauderdale and Blackmans Bay Primary and Ulverstone High School took up the challenge from Planet Ark to plant trees in their school grounds.

Planet Ark recognises that planting and nurturing trees represents a practical opportunity to help young people learn about the value of caring for the environment.

Tree planting also helps to address issues such as salinity, improves water quality and provides a habitat for native birds and animals. It is estimated that 17 mixed species trees will absorb the greenhouse gases a car produces in one year.

Lauderdale Primary School enhanced its grounds with the addition of 160 native trees and shrubs and has committed to continue its tree planting program.

Staff, students and parents will work with Planet Ark to ensure the extensive school grounds feature a variety of attractive native shrubs.

Lauderdale Primary students Sophie Ambler and Jasmine Meyer helped initiate the school’s involvement in the program by winning a water conservation poster competition. Part of their prize was a voucher for 160 native trees and shrubs.

Since National Tree Day was launched in 1996, more than 10.5 million trees and shrubs have been planted by more than one million volunteers.

The initiative aligns with the recently launched Schools Environment Challenge. The Up2me for kids @ school website is a component of the successful web-based Environment Challenge, a partnership between the State Government and Sustainable Living Tasmania.

The new website shows students how they can adopt more sustainable environmental practices in their schools.