HOWRAH and Clarendon Vale primary schools are on the path to building and sustaining a greener future thanks to the latest round of the Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants program.
The Eastern Shore schools were selected out of around 1000 applicants nationwide, with $1000 awarded to inspire students with hands-on environmental projects.
Howrah Primary School principal Sue Bullen said the grant would help the school develop its proposed project of creating an endemic plant hub that would enhance biodiversity and habitats.
“These are plants that were endemic to the shores of the Derwent River, which is in our immediate vicinity,” she said.
“I’m keen to rehabilitate the foreshore environment and connect our school grounds with a plant hub to create a green corridor that will be part of our nature play program.”
Ms Bullen said this would have major benefits for staff and students to learn and become more connected to the natural world.
“It’s about building up habitat, which leads to scientific inquiry such as natural habitats for animals, adaptations of animals, the impact of humans on the environment, and respecting Aboriginal heritage,” she said.
“We would like to thank Woolworths for its partnership and promotion of junior landcare, as it’s the new generation of children coming through who are going to make the big difference.”
For Clarendon Vale Primary School, the grant will enable it to develop a sensory garden with a focus on indigenous plants and bush foods as a learning space for students.
Students will be involved in the selection of appropriate plants and will assist with establishing and maintaining these plants in the garden.
Woolworths Group manager Jonea De Groot said the Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant Program was a great way to support students to get hands-on with worthy projects in the local environment.
“The local Eastern Shore students have developed deserving projects that will contribute to a greener future for our community and we look forward to tracking their progress and success,” she said.
Caption: Howrah Primary School students, from left, Phoebe Nash, Jorjamarree McIlwrath and Henry McInnes with Shoreline Woolworths assistant store manager Josh Coppleman.