Trees rescue bush

Tristan WheelerManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Koomal Dreaming's Josh Whiteland teaches students about native plants.
Camera IconKoomal Dreaming's Josh Whiteland teaches students about native plants. Credit: Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

Talison Lithium employees, volunteers and Greenbushes Primary School students, staff and parents came together on Friday to rehabilitate a patch of bush near the school for Planet Ark Schools’ National Tree Day.

Sponsored by Talison, students were taught the Noongar names for the plants and given some information about the uses and history of the plants by Josh Whiteland from Koomal Dreaming.

They then split into groups to start planting the trees.

School principal Kylie Loney said the day was an opportunity for her students to learn about Aboriginal heritage and get involved in the community.

“The kids thoroughly enjoyed not only learning about the native plants and their uses, but also actually getting their hands dirty and planting in the community space,” she said.

“We had nearly as many adults as children and it was really fantastic to see people from all walks of life and different parts of the community get involved.”

Greenbushes Primary School and Talison have been collaborating on tree planting projects for 20 years.

Talison general manager of operations Craig Dawson said the mine’s community and environment teams were pleased to partner with students.

“Our staff are only too happy to share their knowledge with the students and help promote a better understanding of the importance of caring for our local environment,” he said.

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