Kids restore habitat

Over the next few weeks, about 400 Albury school students will leave their desks to dig in for the environment.

As part of Planet Ark’s National School’s Tree Planting Day, AlburyCity will host the students as they plant native trees, shrubs and grasses and participate in environmental education activities.

Most of the plantings will take place at “Waterview”, AlburyCity’s Water Treatment Plant, marking the beginning of a wide-scale revegetation program aimed at restoring the site to its natural state of box gum grassy woodland to provide habitat for birds and threatened species such as the squirrel glider.

Deputy Mayor Amanda Cohn said National Schools Tree Day was a great opportunity to teach young people how to care for the environment.

“Students will also learn more about the important role nature plays in the life of our planet and why we must protect it,” she said.

A further 800 trees and shrubs will be planted during two Planet Ark Community Tree Planting events at Litchfield Drive, Beaumont Park Estate, Thurgoona and on the corner of Mornington Lane and Splitters Creek Road, Splitters Creek on Sunday 30 July 2017 from 10am-1pm.

Cr Cohn and Cr David Thurley, will plant trees.

“Come along, dig in, get your hands dirty and know you’re doing something positive for the environment, your community and our city,” Cr Thurley said.