Students connect to the land with trees

Students connect to the land with trees

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Audrey Kamazizwa, Allan Cooper, Samuel Porter. Photograph — Aaron Van Rongen.

Local school students were more than willing to get their hands dirty in helping City of Canning staff plant 750 native seedlings on Tuesday.

The city’s staff joined over 250 school students from Queens Park Primary to plant native seedlings in the Maniana bush land as part of the school’s NAIDOC week celebrations.

Kindergarten to year six students were provided with a planting demonstration and overview of some of the natural habitat and wildlife from the area.

The spirit of the NAIDOC celebrations was given to one of the parents who dot-painted the children’s faces between planting sessions.

Mayor Paul Ng thanked the Friends of Queens Park Bushland and the Queens Park Primary School staff, students and parents for their contribution to the biodiversity of the Maniana bushland.

“The city’s natural areas team is passionate about the local environment and the native plants and animals that call Canning home,” he said.

“Today’s activity was a great way for them to share their knowledge and for the children to build a greater connection to the land.”

The city will be holding another tree planting event on National Tree Day on July 28 in East Cannington.