A short video showcases a Council project helping young people and children reconnect with nature.
The video, Project Plant It, shows students from Winmalee Public School spending National Tree Day at Springwood’s Deanei Forest Reserve, together with local Bushcare volunteers, members of the Blue Mountains Youth Council, and Council’s Bushcare, Community Development and Environmental Education & Engagement representatives.
The Year 2 students learned about the vital role trees play in our lives, health and future. They also learned how to plant and care for native plants, with 233 planted on the day.
Mayor Mark Greenhill said the short film is another great example of the magic that happens when people of all ages connect through a shared passion for our local environment.
“I want to thank all the members of our Youth Council, as well as the staff and students of Winmalee Public School and the Council staff involved in this project and video,” Cr Greenhill said.
“The benefits of such simple projects are far reaching, as the video shows – giving young people a voice in their future and appreciation for the past, connecting older and younger children with each other and with their environment, and bringing new energy to existing Bushcare work.”
Teacher Jessica Smith said she enjoyed seeing the smiles on her students’ faces as they engaged in learning in the outdoors. “We at Winmalee Public School really appreciate being part of your project,” she said.
The idea for Project Plant It came from the Blue Mountains Youth Council, who wanted to make a positive contribution to our local environment. Youth Council is comprised of selected high school aged young people who meet monthly to develop projects that bring positive change in their communities. Project Plant It will continue in 2020. Local primary schools are encouraged to contact Council on 4780 5680 to register their interest.