GLENAEON STUDENTS CELEBRATE NATIONAL TREE DAY 2020 WITH GUM PLANTING
Class 4 plant gum seeds to help regeneration in support of National Tree Day
In late 2019, as a result of a big weather storm cell, Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School, lost 20 trees and has since been working on the clean-up and regeneration of the affected areas. This year, for National Tree Day, Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School’s Class 4 got behind the Planet Ark initiative, to highlight its leadership position in environmental education and regeneration.
Head of School, Andrew Hill said, “Glenaeon’s Middle Cove campus sits on three hectares of beautiful bushland leading down to Scotts Creek. Our school emblem is an image of a tree and its root system reflective of our school’s respect for Nature and the physical, emotional and spiritual growth our students make from Preschool through to Year 12. The school has over 300 trees on the campus. It’s an open, clean and healthy place for children to learn.”
Gardening teacher Sandra Frain explained, “Our students used leaf litter compost, a native potting soil mixture of local leaf matter which has been decomposing for over two years, rich in nutrients and wriggling with worms, to plant ‘hot pink gum’ seeds donated by the Schuback family.”
“The seeds will grow into saplings and be nurtured for replanting in an appropriate location, or gifted to parents to be planted in backyards by Glenaeon families.”
The school will also be replacing the 20 lost trees with 20 new trees that are native to this special bushland area. There are only six types of tree native to the gully in which the campus sits.
Glenaeon teachers work with students in regenerative gardening activities to ensure that they enhance and improve the space they are in, improving the land, growing flowers to attract insects, fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices not only to grow healthy food for students to eat, but for visual enjoyment, and learning how to live a more sustainable lifestyle in the future.Aug 2020