College starts nursery

At the school’s shade-house are Wentworth students, from left, Emily McLeish, Caitlin Chen, Nathan Charlton and Alexander Kawan.

Since Wentworth College joined the Trees for Survival programme last year, students have been busy under the guidance of teacher Sharon Addis.

Their efforts have resulted in more than 800 native seedlings that are now growing in two new shade-houses at the college.

The hands on Trees for Survival programme involves Year 7 and 8 students in growing native seedlings that are then planted out on local sites, including erosion prone land and riparian margins.

Sharon says there was a lot of work to be done before any seeds were planted – students potted up their first seedlings at the end of last month.

The plants are being cared for by students, and by way of an inbuilt irrigation system.

The students raised funds by selling spring bulbs, coming up with enough to buy a shade-house and prepare the nursery site – almost $2000 was raised. Trees for Survival subsidised the purchase of a second shade-house.

Annual ongoing costs are supported by sponsorship from G J Gardiner, and another fundraising venture – the school’s annual market day held this month.

Sharon says a final planting site is yet to be selected and confirmed.

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