Eaton Foreshore gets new trees thanks to Eaton Community College students

Students from Eaton Community College’s year 11 and 12 science classes have teamed up with the Shire of Dardanup, Planet Ark and Toyota to hold a tree planting day on Friday at the Eaton Foreshore, as part of National Tree Day.

More than 25 students took part in the event, planting approximately 3000 trees and shrubs along the foreshore.

The Shire of Dardanup provided the College with the trees as well as lunch for students and volunteers, while Planet Ark and Toyota donated groovy sun-smart shirts and protective gloves.

The event was supposed to take place on July 28, closer to the date of National Tree Day on July 30, but was postponed due to bad weather and gusty winds.

Science teacher and supervisor Linda Cotterell said the students were showing impressive community spirit.

“This is an integrated science class so we’re teaching them about environmental studies and this, for one thing, incorporates into our curriculum,” she said.

“The kids are powering through the planting and we’re so proud. They’re having great fun and they’re putting back into the community.

“We always like to do something with the Shire with tree planting, and National Tree Day coincided this year so it was a great opportunity to get involved.”

It is hoped the sedges planted by the students along the banks of the Eaton Foreshore will help regenerate the banks and stop future erosion.