Wollongong Botanic Garden will trial an outreach education program at five local primary schools starting this Friday 26 July to mark National Tree Day.
At the schools, Botanic Garden horticulturalists will teach students how to plant trees, explain their conservation benefits and discuss traditional Aboriginal uses for the trees. The students will also be provided with fact sheets that detail their trees’ ongoing care and maintenance.
The schools participating in the trial program are Bellambi Public School, Bulli Public School, Figtree Heights Public School, Mt St Thomas Public School and Nareena Hills Public School. The schools all fall within Wollongong City Council’s area and were randomly selected for the program. Three schools will be visited on Friday, and another two next week.
“The Wollongong Botanic Garden has donated about 9,000 plants each year to local schools for restoration projects for a number of years now,’’ Wollongong Botanic Garden curator Paul Tracey said.
“This is an extension of that program and one that allows us to educate students on the importance of plant conservation and improving our local biodiversity. This builds on the terrific work that is done within the garden as part of our popular Discovery Centre and school holiday programs.’’
National Tree Day for Schools will be held on Friday 26 July. The Planet Ark-organised event is a precursor to National Tree Day on Sunday 28 July. There will be a number of Council-coordinated planting events for the public to get involved in on Sunday. These will be at:
- Greenhouse Park on Springhill Road in Coniston
- Puckey’s Reserve in Fairy Meadow
- William Beach Reserve in Dapto
- Throsby Drive in Gwynneville
- Oleander Reserve in Figtree
The plantings on Sunday will take place between 10am-1pm. Volunteers are asked to wear protective clothing, covered shoes, a long-sleeve shirt, sun protection and gloves.