Students in Nyngan have branched out planting trees along Nymagee street for this year’s annual National Tree Day.
Last Friday students from Nyngan High School, St Josephs’ primary and Nyngan Public school put on their gloves and picked up the shovel to plant 78 native trees along the highway for the annual event.
Bogan Shire Council acting General Manager Stephanie Waterhouse said it is a fantastic initiative to get involved, come together and do something positive for the community by planting trees.
“It’s something we do annually and it’s our way to do our part for the environment,” Ms Waterhouse said.
Ms Waterhouse thanked the plants and gardens staff at the Bogan Shire Council who prepared the surface, updated the drip system and showed the kids how to plant the plants.
National Tree Day began in 1996 and since then more than 4 million people have planted over 24 million trees and plants and it's still growing.
Schools Tree Day and National Tree Day, organised by Planet Ark in partnership with Toyota, are Australia’s largest annual tree-planting and nature care events and take place on Friday, July 27 and Sunday, July 29 each year.
Bogan Shire Council’s Community Development Officer Abigail McLaughlin said the council believe that it is great for kids to have ownership of the trees, and promotes the message of how important trees are for the town.
“We’ve been doing this for over 15 years, and its great for the kids to have ownership, which also helps to reduce vandalism in our town,” Ms McLaughlin said.
“Kids can still remember planting the trees down opposite the BP, they’ve watched that tree and watched it grow,” she said.
Ms McLaughlin also said the trees along Nymagee street are a great compliment for the proposed installation of a cement path along the highway from the shearing shed to the river, which they hope will be funded under round two of the NSW government’s Stronger Country Communities fund.