New trees spruce up play areas at EDPS
by Brighton Council
East Derwent Primary School took an active approach to introducing nature-based play and more shade by planting 10 mature trees late last year.
The official tree planting ceremony in November 2022 saw the Grade 2 classes and the school’s environment group use soil created from Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) to create the ideal environment for the trees to grow. The school received $2000 from Brighton Council to improve shelter and amenities. Council is already involved with the school through a waste and sustainability education program, and also provides a FOGO collection service. Assistant Principal Sophie Campbell said the event was a success, with much enthusiasm from the students.
“Children across a range of ages were so keen to get involved in watering the plants and finding worms,” Sophie said.
In line with a new masterplan for the school grounds, Australian Blackwood trees were selected to grow quickly and provide shade all year round.
Principal Ted Barrance championed the range of environmental initiatives at the school, highlighting nature-based play solutions as important in improving physical literacy and health outcomes. “Getting outdoors and caring for the environment has multiple benefits for children’s health and wellbeing,” he said.
Brighton Council’s Natural Resource Management Officer Mel Fazackerley gave each participating student a plant to take home.
“The trees planted recently can live for 50 or more years, so students will be able to come back and see the results of their efforts over the years.”
For further information on Brighton Council’s sustainability program with schools, visit www.brighton.tas.gov.au/community/environment.