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Trees planted, students educated

Twenty-three Lawrence Public School students learnt about the significance of tree species and helped plant 50 trees on Schools Tree Day. Image: Evelyn Read.

Lawrence Community Landcare recently facilitated two significant days of community-based environmental repair work at the Lawrence Golf and Sporting Club, planting 130 local native trees within a 400 metre-long corridor.
The land care group’s coordinator Jasmine Oakes said the new trees “will increase biodiversity, habitat and food sources for local native wildlife, while creating a corridor between existing vegetation”.
The initiative was held in conjunction with Planet Ark’s Schools Tree Day, Friday July 28.
“Twenty-three children from Lawrence Public School came to help plant 50 locally sourced native trees,” Ms Oakes said.
“Clarence Valley Council paid for the lunch and refreshments for the children and volunteers, as well as the soil and mulch for the planting.
“The council’s bush regeneration team demonstrated how to correctly plant a tree and oversaw the days’ activities.”
Ms Oakes said trees were donated by the Maclean Landcare Nursery and North Coast Tree Farms.
“Rosalie Franklin from Clarence Native Stingless Bees gave a native and solitary bee talk and demonstration on identifying the different species and their hives,” she said.
Ms Oakes thanked all who assisted over the two days: “the golf club’s grounds person Tony Chester, who ran the first day; Lawrence Community Landcare members, Lawrence Golf and Sporting Club members, Maclean Landcare members and the CVC bush regeneration team”.
“Future planting is planned for the area outside the golf course grounds, to increase the corridor and koala habitat by planting an additional 50 mixed local gum tree species,” she said.

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