Breadalbane Public School and Landcare- making connections with trees

The Breadalbane Public school children braved a very cold windy day to last week to plant trees on a farm in Breadalbane.

Some of the students on their way to the tree planting site. Looking over some of the school projects from previous years
Some of the students on their way to the tree planting site. Looking over some of the school projects from previous years

The school has had a long involvement with Landcare linking the local properties around the Breadalbane district with tree planting projects for over 15 years.

Breadalbane’s new principal Ms. Maryanne Powells was keen to keep that tradition going and to reconnect the school with the local community.

The Great Eastern Ranges Initiative, Kanangra Boyd to Wyangala link (GER K2W) is a new partnership which has started in our region which  supports and promotes organisations, community groups, Schools and individuals who are working in the landscape.  They have a schools program to encourage schools to get involved in Landcare and to learn about biodiversity.  Through this program the school was able to get trees and assistance with site preparation.

Breadalbane grazier, Philip Bell, provided a large hilltop for the children to plant at Greendale.

Getting a lesson in putting together the tree guards from Breadalbane Plains Landcare president, Shlomi Bonet
Getting a lesson in putting together the tree guards from Breadalbane Plains Landcare president, Shlomi Bonet

Apart from the windy conditions the hilltop provided the children with an almost birdseye view of the surrounding landscape where they were able to see many of the earlier school tree planting projects and get a sense of how they are all connecting like stepping stones across the Landscape.

Breadalbane Public School is a small school with only 12 students in the whole school so everyone has to get involved, particularly on such a big site. All of the children got to work and in no time at had covered a large portion of the hill top with trees and guards.

In October the children will be able to test how well these stepping stones are working as  biodiversity refuges with Greening Australia’s bird specialist Nicki Taws, coming to assist with the children with monitoring the schools planting sites.

To find out more about  the GER K2W Schools project please contact Upper Lachlan Landcare using the contact form below:

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