The youngsters at Scots Early Learning Centre in Hobart put their green thumbs to the test as part of National Tree Day and Schools Tree Day in July.
Activities were spread over a week rather than just one day and included planting a herb garden, extension of the existing vegetable garden, construction of a bug house, replenishing flower pots and creation of a succulent garden. The week ended with planting a mature Korean ornamental pear tree.
A table was made especially for the centre by the men’s shed at Clarence. The names of many of the children who have attended the centre, along with their teachers, have been burnt into the table to act as an historical reference.
Scots ELC educator Trish Foster – who sourced the plants and co-ordinated the events – said the aim of the activities was to offer the children an opportunity to learn more about sustainability and to learn to respect their environment by creating it themselves.
National Tree Day and Schools Tree Day combine to make Australia’s biggest community tree-planting event.
Co-ordinated by Planet Ark, National Tree Day started in 1996 and since then more than three million Australians have planted 23 million seedlings.