A northern suburbs high school now has 60 more trees than it had on Thursday after the Year 7 students and teachers went on a native tree planting spree.
Corrimal High's head teacher of humanities Ben Spooner, a geography teacher, said the 75 students planted six species in an area that was a flood plan so couldn't be built upon.
"We link it in to the Year 7 geography syllabus - they're learning about landscapes and landforms, and we're incorporating forests into that as well," he said. "it blends really well with what we're doing in the classroom."
Most students had not planted a tree before so he made a website to show them how.
"The kids were getting in to it - there were quite a lot of muddy shirts and mussy knees, so it was good fun," Mr Spooner said.
"We took a photo of each of the students - the idea is that in years to come when the trees grow, and they grow, they can look back on that activity that they did.
"It's going to become an annual event now because the revegetation area is quite large."
A council horticulturalist came and inspected the site to make sure they were the right trees. The trees planted were Eucalyptus robusta (swamp mahogany), Eucalyptus botryoides (bangalay), as well as Casuarinas, Melaleucas, figs and bottlebrush, supplied by the Wollongong Botanic Garden.
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