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Students Plant Greener Future In The City’s Heart

School children are helping establish a greener future by planting trees in city parks and schools as part of the international One Tree Per Child campaign.

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One Tree Per Child was founded by Olivia Newton-John and Jon Dee, the founders of Australia’s National Tree Day. During their time leading the annual campaign day more than 10 million native trees and shrubs were planted by the community across Australia.

International Grammar School students in Ultimo held a planting ceremony in Wentworth Park with their new quandong tree, a mid-sized rainforest species from eastern Australia.

The campaign has also been embraced by students at Fort Street Public School, Glebe Public School, Ultimo Public School and Jarjum College.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said a tree was offered to every primary school in the local area and it was great to see more schools taking up the offer.

“This is a great program to encourage the City’s young people to connect with nature while helping to green our local area,” the Lord Mayor said.

“The City has offered planting spots in our local parks for inner-city schools that may have limited room for a tree. It’s a great way to teach future generations about the environment they will inherit. We want to hear from more schools whose children can help plant for the future.”

The City is sending a tree expert out to the City’s primary schools or a local park to help pupils plant their tree and tell them about the benefits they provide to our community such as shade, better air quality and habitat for wildlife.

The City is committed to increasing its urban canopy by 50 per cent by 2030 and has planted 10,000 street trees in the past decade. There are around 30,000 street trees across the city, and a further 12,000 trees in the city’s parks and open spaces.

“Green spaces benefit the community’s health, cleaning pollutants from the air, creating shade in the hot summer months and enhancing general wellbeing,” the Lord Mayor said.

Olivia Newton-John has planted over 10,000 trees in Australia and said planting trees and shrubs was a great way for kids to connect with their community. For more information about the program, go to www.onetreeperchild.com