FT supporting National Tree Day 2016

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Thanks to donated seedlings from Forestry Tasmania, hundreds of school children right across the state will be swapping their computers and pencils for plants today, to celebrate Planet Ark’s Schools Tree Day (Friday 29 July).

More than 76,000 seedlings have been made available to schools and community groups since Forestry Tasmania began supporting the event nine years ago.

Assistant Nursery Manager, Carlton Cox (pictured above) said Forestry Tasmania had enjoyed a fantastic response from schools to this year’s offer, dispatching more than 6000 seedlings to 76 schools right across Tasmania.

“This year we propagated 12 different species at our Perth nursery especially for this event and provided advice to interested schools on what species would be most appropriate for the different climates experienced in Tasmania, from milder coastal areas through to the colder central region.

“It is great to see so many schools getting involved as Schools Tree Day provides a fantastic -hands on opportunity for students to experience the joy of planting and caring for these seedlings as they grow, and beautifying their school grounds in the process.

Minister for Resources, Guy Barnett and Forestry Tasmania’s Nursery Manager, Peter Moore joined year 7 and 8 students at Cressy District High School to plant some of the donated trees to provide shelter belts around the school farm.

To find out more about Schools Tree Day or National Tree Day on Sunday July 31 visit treeday.planetark.org