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Schools on board for National Tree Day

06 August, 2019

GeoCatch, Busselton Toyota and local schools are celebrating National Tree Day by planting over 1000 trees across Busselton and Dunsborough. Two hundred students from five schools are taking part to learn about the important role tress have in our urban landscape.

Georgianna Molloy, Geographe Primary and Cornerstone in Dunsborough have all completed their tree planting, with additional Geographe Primary students and Busselton Primary to get dirty next week.

Cornerstone students, Jackson and Lincoln Innes enjoyed their first tree planting experience on Wednesday and learning about Western Ringtail Possums.

“We are planting trees so possums have a chance of survival,” said Lincoln Innes.

“We need trees for more oxygen and to make homes for animals,” said Jackson Innes.

GeoCatch Project Officer, Nicole Lincoln, says that planting trees is a great way to help the critically endangered Western Ringtail Possum.

“We have the highest density of possums here in Busselton and Dunsborough, many of whom live in our backyards and local parks,” she said.

“Planting native trees in our urban areas is vitally important for their conservation.”

The theme for this year’s National Tree Day is Living Cities, focusing on the benefits trees and green spaces bring to our urban environment in terms of our personal health and wellbeing, the liveability of our cities and dealing with the impacts of climate change.

National Tree Day is organised by Planet Ark in partnership with Toyota Australia and its Dealer Network, which provides on-the-ground support at tree planting sites across Australia. This year marks a major milestone with the partnership reaching its twentieth year.

This project is supported by the South West Catchments Council, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, and Toyota Busselton.