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Students show green thumbs for Schools Tree Day

Public schools across the state are digging deep as part of a national effort to grow a healthier planet.

Two students plant trees.

Students at Bourke Street Public School plant trees as part of Schools Tree Day.

Students in many of the state’s public schools got their hands dirty today as part of Australia’s largest community tree-planting event.

At Bourke Street Public School in inner-Sydney classes took turns planting trees as part of Schools Tree Day. The day is an opportunity for students to contribute to National Tree Day this Sunday.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, Rob Stokes, and local MP Alex Greenwich dropped by the inner-city school this morning to lend students a hand.

“It’s fantastic to see so many kids inspired by Schools Tree Day and actively involved in making their communities greener,” Mr Stokes said.

“Whether at school, home or at your work space, I encourage everyone to get out today or over the weekend and plant a tree or two and register it on the website.”

National Tree Day ambassador Adam Goodes joined students at Lakemba Public School to talk about the importance of trees.

Principal Jann Price said while the school regularly included environmental education in their lessons and had a “very engaged Year 6 environment team”, the visit was “a great opportunity” for her students.

“Most of our students live in units, so the fact that they can get into the garden and plant something is important to them,” Ms Price said.

Last year more than 200,000 Australians participated in National Tree Day, planting more than 700,000 plants at almost 3,000 locations around the country. This brings the initiative’s overall tally to almost 25 million trees planted by almost five million volunteers over 24 years.

The NSW Government has set a target of five million new trees across Greater Sydney by 2030.

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