Pupils help plant grasses

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About 20 school pupils swapped classrooms for the great outdoors on Tuesday to help plant native grasses at Lookout Reserve.

Enthusiastic year 7 and 8 St Gerard’s pupils, armed with shovels, buckets and pickaxes, planted nearly 50 tussock grasses, helped by Keep Alexandra Clyde Beautiful volunteers.

Enviroschools facilitator Anna Robinson said the hands-on activity helped build the pupils’ appreciation for the natural environment.

“That active involvement is so precious,” she said.

“They’re loving it.”

The project was one of many planting days held this year, and forms part of a 20-year plan for Lookout Reserve.

Keep Alexandra Clyde Beautiful committee member Beverley Thomason said the hardy native species would provide habitat and food for endangered wildlife in the area, such as birds and skinks.

“One of the aims of all the eco-nurseries is to have a bird corridor along the river,” she said.

The planting project is part of a range of activities scheduled to celebrate World Environment Week, which started on Monday and runs until Sunday.