STUDENTS from Murchison Primary School were the first to recently get their hands dirty and help plant 280 trees at Murchison’s Meteorite Park, as part of the ‘One Tree Per Child’ project.
The One Tree Per Child project, started by Olivia Newton-John and Jon Dee, hopes to see each person under the age of 18 in the municipality, plant a native plant every year for five years.
Although the project is called One Tree Per Child, the majority of the species planted in Greater Shepparton will be indigenous shrubs and groundcovers that have been largely cleared from our region.
Greater Shepparton City Council Manager Environment, Greg McKenzie said that sites are currently being prepared for further community planting events at Shepparton, Mooroopna, Tatura, Dookie, Kialla Lakes, Seven Creeks and other towns and localities.
“There are 16,664 children in Greater Shepparton so we are partnering with as many schools, kindergartens, childcare centres, Landcare and community groups and local businesses that we can to help make this happen.
“Council will provide schools and Landcare Groups with free indigenous plants and the relevant equipment required. We simply need to work together to identify suitable planting locations and recruit enthusiastic volunteers to assist.
“Planting a tree is often a child’s first act of volunteering for the benefit of our entire community. We want to show our children that maintaining our environment is important and that we want to leave our community in a better condition than what we inherited. Let’s plant a tree for every child and enjoy watching the trees grow as our children grow,” Mr McKenzie said.