Students plant for future

June 28, 2017

Murchison Primary School, Murchison Historical Sociey and Greater Shepparton City Council came together to plant a range of plants in Meteorite Park.

Gardners: (Back) Murchison Primary School Year 6 student Chelsea Hughes, 12, Murchison Preschool student Xavier Burke, 5 and Murchison Primary School student Denni Bathman, 11.

Newly-planted natives plants now line Murchison’s Meteorite Park thanks to the efforts of Murchison Primary School and Preschool.

The children gathered at the park with their families and representatives of Murchison and District Historical Society and Greater Shepparton City Council recently to plant more than 400 native plants.

Murchison Primary School Year 6 student Denni Bathman, 11, enjoyed finding her green thumb and said planting natives was a great experience and would help prepare the park for the 50th anniversary of the Murchison meteorite in two years’ time.

‘‘I think it’s great for the environment and I think doing this will make (the park) look extra beautiful,’’ she said.

The planting days were part of the One Tree Per Child project, which will be officially launched later this month.

The goal of the project is to plant a native plant for each person aged under 18 in Greater Shepparton every year for five years.

The project was started by Olivia Newton-John and Jon Dee, the original founders of National Tree Day.

Murchison and District Historical Society president Kay Ball said while the project was called One Tree Per Child, all the flora planted at Meteorite Park was indigenous shrubs and groundcovers.

‘‘It was fantastic seeing the enthusiasm in which the children have just come on board with it,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s not only about planting it’s about children understanding that we do volunteer to do things in the community.’’

Greater Shepparton City Council sustainability and environment officer Travis Turner said often planting a tree was the first type of volunteering children took part in.

Ms Ball said planting natives at Meteorite Park was only stage one of what was planned for the area.

‘‘Stage two is to put some decorative panels along the boundary and we also have a sculpture in mind relating to the meteorite, which will be stage three,’’ she said.

‘‘This is just the beginning,’’ Mr Turner added.

Tatura will look to get its own community planting event as other places in Greater Shepparton are being prepared, including Shepparton, Mooroopna, Dookie, Kialla Lakes and Seven Creeks.

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