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National Schools Tree Day

29/07/2015

On Friday 24 July students from Coolnwynpin State School joined 3000 schools and kindys across Australia to get their hands dirty for Schools Tree Day.

Part of National Tree Day celebrations, Schools Tree Day proved the perfect opportunity for the “Cool School” to kick off a comprehensive program of planting of native trees, shrubs and grasses in the remnant bush area known as “The Carramar” located on the school grounds.

“The school community is partnering with Redlands Indigiscapes through the Land For Wildlife program to rejuvenate the Carramar with the aim of protecting and expanding the native biodiversity of the area. Koalas, bandicoots, possums, glossy black cockatoos and white cockatoos, tawny frogmouth owls, kookaburras, rainbow lorikeets, stone curlews and woodland ducks all call the Carramar home” said Mr Mick Lawrance, School Principal.

Work has begun to treat weeds which were threatening to overrun the area and deadwood not being used as animal habitats has been cleared in preparation for re-planting.

Cool school students have certainly taken on board this year’s National Tree Day theme - “You Can Grow So Much”, focusing on the opportunities engaging with nature brings to individuals, communities and the environment. The Carramar rejuvenation project complements the activities undertaken by students through the school’s Environment Club who are involved in a broad range of environment protection activities from plant propagation to recycling. 

Coolnwynpin Parents and Citizens Association President Mr Dean Adams said he is looking forward to growing the broader community’s interest in protecting and sustaining natural habitats with the launch of the “Friends of Carramar” community conservation group.

The restoration of the Carramar has been made possible with funding from an Everyone’s Environment grant from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.