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Young green thumbs bringing life to Melview Reserve

Published on 09 June 2021
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Lady planting trees at Melview Reserve Bushland Team Member, Emily Hornby, at Melview Reserve.

As part of Victorian Education Week 2021, Maroondah Council teamed up with Ringwood North Primary School and the Friends of Melview Reserve on Wednesday 26 May to plant around 1000 trees, comprising larger Eucalypts, shrubs and ground covers. The additional plant-life should increase natural habitat and encourage the return of many species.

Around 200 enthusiastic primary school children got their hands dirty for the project, which also helped them to learn more about their natural surroundings.

Maroondah Mayor, Councillor Kylie Spears, said the school children contributed to a project that would benefit their community for years to come.

“Hopefully during the spring, we’ll see the beginnings of this project starting to blossom,” Cr Spears said.

“These trees will help this much-loved reserve spring to life. It’s so important for children to understand they can play a role in determining the future of their natural environment.

“On a larger scale, these trees will help to combat greenhouse emissions, clean the air we breathe and help restore habitat for native wildlife.”

Now in its 77th year, Education Week ran from 23-29 May in 2021. This year’s theme is ‘Building Connections’ and celebrates the connections between schools and local communities and strengthens bonds with families and carers.


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