Seeds of knowledge - students learn about the environment

BOYS and girls from Mundaring Christian College showed off their green thumbs earlier this month, planting close to 400 native plants at Mundaring Sculpture Park.

Coordinated by Shire of Mundaring, the initiative saw unclaimed species from the Shire's 2017 Tree Canopy and Understory Program (TCUP) planted in their natural habitat for the whole community to enjoy.

Shire of Mundaring's supervisor of environment and horticulture David O'Brien, who was on hand to give a demonstration, said the activity gave rise to a number of benefits.

"It's a great opportunity for the kids to get out into nature and learn about their surroundings," he said.

"Having recently removed a number of weedy Eastern states wattles from the park, it also allowed the Shire to replace that vegetation with indigenous species that are native to Western Australia."

The grade five and six students are part of the school's River Rangers program, a primary school cadet program which seeks to engage and educate children about local waterways and the environment.

River Rangers Cadet Leader at Mundaring Christian College Mr Milan Pavkovic said the program taught the students important conservation skills and values.

"Being a part of the Rangers teaches the kids how to care for the environment and allows them to give back to their local community at the same time," he said.

After all the seedlings were planted, students were given the opportunity to ask Mr O'Brien any questions they had about the afternoon's activity and its positive impact on the environment. 

With some very clever questions asked, Mr O'Brien had his work cut-out for him. Students enquired, 'Can the roots from the trees tangle with each other?', 'What species of plants did we just plant?', 'Are all wattles weeds?', and 'Did we just create a new forest?'

As to whether fairies would come once the trees grew taller remains a mystery. Mr O'Brien confessed, "I'm not qualified to answer that one!"

For more information about TCUP, visit the Shire website ‚Äč

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