YOUNG students from across Frankston did their bit for the environment by planting trees and plants last week.
Schools and local community groups teamed up for National Tree Planting Day last Friday. At Wallace Reserve, Frankston Heights Primary School students helped plant around 600 seeds.
Friends of Wallace Reserve secretary David Cross said the students “enjoyed their excursion through the reserve to the planting site. After a look at the progress of their previous years’ planting, they got stuck into planting and mulching the specially prepared area.”
Frankston Heights Primary School students have planted over 7000 plants and trees at Wallace Reserve since 2006.
Students from Monterey Secondary College were tasked with planting hundreds of seeds at their school for the event. The trees and plants were donated by local businesses to the school. Last week students from years 7 to 10 did their part and planted them.
Monterey Secondary College teacher Lewis White said the school hoped to create a “habitat for native wildlife in a reserve area of the school”.
“This area will also promote student health and wellbeing, and self-regulation – by providing them a space that is calm, and nature filled. This area will form the beginning of the Monterey Secondary College Multi-Purpose Reserve project that will be home to other spaces for staff and students,” he said. “Staff sent out messages and emails to local businesses for any donations that they were able to spare for the staff and students to conduct planting. Several businesses got back in touch and were able to donate many trees and plants, making up almost a 1000 in total – breaking our estimate of 200 plants and trees that was discussed at the beginning of this project.”
First published in the Frankston Times – 1st August 2023