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Education starts to branch out

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31 July 2018

Education starts to branch out

Education starts to branch out

The school curriculum is up the creek – literally.

Hundreds of students from the Mitcham district will converge on Brownhill Creek this Friday as part of a mass tree planting project. The students – from Urrbrae Agricultural High, Scotch College, Mercedes College, Mitcham Primary School, and Urrbrae TAFE – will plant thousands of trees in an effort to revegetate the creek bed in Brownhill Creek Recreation Park.

The project – organised by the Brownhill Creek Association and Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges – will involve 2300 native trees and grasses being planted in an effort to return the creek to how it would have looked pre-settlement.

Each school has been assigned a section of the creek to look after. Year 5 students at Scotch College have been learning about native plants and the benefits of revegetating the creek as part of their curriculum.

The students will look after their patch of trees until they are in Year 9.

Scotch science, technology and engineering leader David Pace says the students will help bring “wildlife and biodiversity back to the creek”.

Scotch College student Ty says he is excited to be part of the project – and his classmates have already started tending to the area.

“We’ve planted a lot of native grasses and ... a few gum trees,” Ty says.

 

-- original article by Caleb Bond appeared in Hills Valley Weekly, 1 August 2018. Photos: AAP/KERYN STEVENS

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