Planting a great future

August 02, 2017

St Mary's Corowa school students Tyler, Oliver and Rochelle, with year 4 teacher Michael Howard, were involved in establishing more than 500 plants

Mel Creamer with students from Corowa Public School.

Corowa South Public School students enjoying planting with Joan Palmer.

St Mary’s students give the thumbs up for planting fun, pictured with teacher Mary Milthorpe.

What do you get when you assemble 90 school children, 15 teachers and volunteers and more than 500 plants?

An amazing National Tree Day event.

On Thursday, July 27 Corowa and District Landcare, together with the Federation Council, landscaped a paddock on Church Street with locally native shrubs, trees and ground covers.

Federation Council’s Manager of Water and Sewerage Geoff Lewis’ plan was to create a plant “screen” adjacent to the water treatment plant.

After approaching Corowa District Landcare for assistance, Landcare and council worked together to develop a landscape plan and coordinate a school planting day to coincide with National Tree Day.

Mr Lewis would like to extend a big thank you to Brooks’ Transport for generously donating four large bales of hay for mulching the plants.

Students from Corowa Public, Corowa South and St Mary’s Primary school planted with volunteers and teachers.

Landcare committee member Joan Palmer praised the children’s enthusiasm, hard work and dedication to the task.

Corowa Public School teacher Mel Creamer said schools were supporting of these events because sustainability is a cross-curriculum priority.

“The children also gain important skills in team work and cooperation while having a great time outdoors,” she said.

The Corowa District Landcare group look forward to continuing to partner with Federation Council on these community building and environmental projects.

Federation Council Administrator Mike Eden said the National Tree Day event in Corowa was a fantastic example of how council and community groups support sustainable learning experiences for students.

“National Tree Day is a great initiative for everyone involved and it is fantastic to see our local school students and environment benefit from such an event,” he said.

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