Prestons Public School student's lay roots for green future

Time to plant: Prestons Public School's gardening club are looking forward to celebrating National Tree Day at the school on Friday. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

Time to plant: Prestons Public School's gardening club are looking forward to celebrating National Tree Day at the school on Friday. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

STUDENTS from Prestons Public School are not afraid of getting their hands dirty, especially when it's for a good cause.

For this year's National Tree Day, students will roll up their sleeves and plant 50 native trees in the schools grounds.

Principal Mark Greentree said the school would hold several activities as part of the event.

"Teaching is about making kids excited about learning," he said.

"This not only goes for maths and numeracy, because if you get kids excited about the environment now then they will continue to do it after you have gone away."

Year 5 student Gemma Kennedy said she was looking forward to National Tree Day because she believed it was very important.

"Tree's breathe in carbon dioxide and give out oxygen, and we need oxygen to breathe," she said.

Year 5 student Andrew Salelesi said he was also excited that his school was taking part in the event.

"The new trees will make a better environment for our school," he said. "I want to plant as many as I can and I want to help water the new trees to help them survive."

Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun said he believed it was important for children and young people to get involved with the event.

"That's why council have donated 50 trees to each of the 33 schools in the local area to participate in Schools National Tree Day on July 25," he said. He also encouraged encouraged local residents to come to the public planting event held at South Park in Chipping Norton, this Sunday.

"This year we aim to plant more than 4000 trees compared to 3000 last year and with the help of the community, who have shown great support in previous years, I believe we will reach this target," Cr Mannoun said. "By planting a tree you are helping to increase biodiversity, create a habitat for native birds and improve our natural environment so that it can continue to be enjoyed by future generations."

Details: treeday.planetark.org/site/10002738.

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