RICHMOND Primary School students were at school earlier than usual on Friday as they got busy planting more than 100 new seedlings and three big trees on their grounds for National Tree Day.
The school first took part in the event last year to landscape its new nature play area and it was such a success that students, staff and parents took part again last week, adding even more green to the area.
Richmond Primary P&C Association president Rebecca James said they were lucky that Fremantle Ports had helped by sponsoring the purchase of native seedlings that the school could use.
“Waterwise species have been especially selected for local coastal conditions and to provide sensory stimulation and interesting materials for children playing,” she said.
“As well as beautifying the area for the school and local community, the plantings increase biodiversity.
“Having the children involved in the planting gives them a sense of pride and ownership and encourages them to assist in looking after the landscaped areas.
“Richmond also has an active lunchtime Gardening Club that will help maintain the plants going forward.”
The mass planting was one of more than 140 events around WA as part of National Tree Day.