2000th Landcare group in NSW
STUDENTS at Lismore Heights Public School stood proud in their bushtucker garden yesterday as they became the 2000th Landcare group to be registered in NSW.
It was a milestone for the Richmond Landcare catchment, which has recently boosted the numbers of school groups participating in its sustainable projects.
“Within the last three years we've boosted the number of school groups from one to 22 in the Richmond catchment,” community support officer for Richmond Landcare Tony Walker said.
He said the children were the 'driving force of the environmental movement in the region' and the students' involvement bridged a generation gap between them and Landcare's retiree volunteers.
“We're finding that the students are getting really enthusiastic about a whole range of Landcare projects and more importantly they're bringing that message home to their parents,” Mr Walker said.
For president of the school's 'green team', Ella Veit, the importance of the school's planting initiatives are very clear.
“If we didn't have trees, we wouldn't be here,” she said.
Highlights of the green team's projects include painting a bird box for the remnant rainforest trees bordering the school's playground, maintaining their bushtucker garden, participating in Earth Hour - and lots and lots of weeding.