Greening the valley

Over the next four weeks, 10,000 trees will be planted in the Latrobe Valley as part of a National Tree Day initiative coordinated by the Latrobe Catchment Landcare Network.

Project officer with the Network, Marnie Ellis, said she was thrilled to see a huge level of enthusiasm and commitment to the environment from the community.

“We have 13 school groups and four community groups participating in our National Tree Day activities,” said Ms Ellis.

“Of the 10,000 trees, 7,400 of these will be planted by 590 local school students.”

Ms Ellis explained that although Schools’ Tree Day is Friday, 26 July, the planting activities in the Latrobe Valley had been spread over the next four weeks to ensure it suited the school curriculum and the availability of Landcare network staff and planting equipment.

“There are seven sites where we’ll be planting, the largest of which is the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail, where 1,400 trees will be planted by six different school groups,” continued Ms Ellis.

“There are twice as many schools involved in this year’s National Tree Day events and we’re excited to see that many schools are looking to get their students outdoors and involved in looking after the environment.

“These students are our future leaders and will be custodians of the environment in the future, the more that can get involved, the better! Unfortunately, there were some schools we just couldn’t accommodate, but we’ll be working hard to get them involved next year,” continued Ms Ellis.

The schools involved this year are Lavalla Catholic College, St Michaels Primary School, Grey Street Primary School, Cowwarr Primary School, Toongabie Primary School, Glengarry Primary School, St Pauls Anglican Grammar School, Willow Grove Primary School, Morwell Central Primary School, Baringa, Kosciusko St Primary School, Narracan Primary School.

National Tree Day activities run by the Latrobe Catchment Landcare Network have been funded by Energy Australia.

Published Monday July 22nd 2019

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