SAVE THE PLANET: Indiana O’Grady, Ava Grove, Tyson Williams-Allen and James Miller at Cannonvale State School where they will plant native flora for National Tree Day on Friday.
SAVE THE PLANET: Indiana O’Grady, Ava Grove, Tyson Williams-Allen and James Miller at Cannonvale State School where they will plant native flora for National Tree Day on Friday.

Students planting to help save the planet

CANNONVALE State School students are a passionate bunch when it comes to the environment and this Friday, they'll do their bit to help the planet.

This Friday is National Tree Day and to celebrate, one class will venture to the front of the school to plant some vegetation while others participate in environmental activities.

Teacher at the school, Kerri Head said despite only having a small area to work with due to a large construction site in place, they would still do their part.

"We've prepared a small area down the front of our school where we'll plant low lying shrubs and grasses," she said.

Ms Head said it gave children the opportunity to learn more and develop an everlasting respect for the environment.

"It's about getting the kids out there and enjoying the idea of planting trees and how it has a positive impact on the environment," she said.

"You train them when they're little and develop that passion for the environment which they'll carry with them as they get older."

Spokesperson for Planet Ark, Rebecca Gilling said National Tree Day was a chance to "do good" for the environment and your health.

"We've found there are so many health and wellbeing benefits of getting out with nature rather than being in front of electronic screens," she said.

"We have plenty of evidence to suggest that when children connect with nature outdoors, they learn better, have reduced ADHD symptoms and are less likely to suffer from depression."

Ms Gilling said educating children about the environment was vital for our future.

"They are the environmental stewards of tomorrow," she said.

Whitsunday Catchment Landcare will also host a National Tree Day activity at Gailbraith Park in Cannonvale on Sunday, July 31 at 8.30am. For more information and to register for National Tree Day visit www.treeday.planetark.org.


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