A group of excited young students from Margaret River’s newest school, Rapids Landing Primary, made their very first visit to their 'Adopt A Spot’ location as part of Nature Conservation’s education program.
According to Nature Conservation Margaret River’s Tracey Muir, the childrens’ first foray into planting at the site was a big success.
“It was a brilliant session with 240 plants, planted perfectly by the children,” Ms Muir said.
“A wonderful revegetation effort and creation of habitat for animals like quendas and frogs.”
The students were given instructions on how to properly plant the new batch of natives waiting for their trowels and watering cans.
Botanist Nicole Seimon was on hand for the estate’s developers, the Lester Group, and explained to the group the importance of maintaining the natural environment through the development process.
“Lester Group was pleased to be able to welcome children from Rapids Landing Primary School to participate in the plantings to support the local watercourse and natural surroundings of the estate,” Ms Seimon said.
“It is an important part of any child’s learning to understand the surrounding environment and to appreciate the role that people have in supporting the local environment.”
Ms Muir said the program now had participation from all the primary schools in the Augusta Margaret River region.
“It’s fantastic to have the Rapids Landing kids as part of this program, and having the plants donated by the Lester Group has made a great start to their progress.
“Funding for the plants and equipment can often be scarce and we are very appreciative of assistance like this which allows us to continue the education as well as revegetating a beautiful part of this estate.
“Knowing that these students are going to ride by on their bikes and be able to keep an eye on their plants, or bring mum and dad down to check out their work, it’s a fantastic way for them to feel an element of responsibility for where they live, and an understanding of how important it is to protect their natural environment.”