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Classes head outside for Schools Tree Day

Date: 27-Jul-12
Author: Sara McGregor

More than 200,000 primary and secondary students from over 1,500 schools across Australia are learning an important life lesson outside today as they plant trees and shrubs to contribute to the health of their community.

Planet Ark’s Schools Tree Day is the dedicated day for Australia’s younger generation to play their part in National Tree Day, Australia’s largest community tree-planting and nature care event.

Since Planet Ark launched Schools Tree Day and National Tree Day in 1996, more than 2.8 million volunteers have planted 17 million native trees, shrubs and grasses.

National Tree Day 2012 also focuses on the health and wellbeing benefits that getting outside amongst trees and nature can bring to children, particularly at school.

A new report, Planting Trees – Just What the Doctor Ordered*, commissioned by Planet Ark and sponsored by Toyota, shows that contact with nature helps increase academic achievement and reduce the effects of anxiety and depression in children, as well as a host of other health and wellbeing benefits.

“Schools Tree Day is an opportunity for Aussie kids to connect with nature in a fun and practical way to learn about trees and the role they play in the health of our environment and community,” says Planet Ark Spokesperson Rebecca Gilling.

National Tree Day also aims to educate students on environmental issues such as the loss of habitat for native wildlife, local provenance, salinity, erosion and long-term carbon offsetting.

To find out more about Schools Tree Day on Friday July 27 or National Tree Day on Sunday July 29, please visit treeday.planetark.org, call the Hotline on 1300 88 5000 or contact your local participating Toyota Dealership.

National Tree Day is organised by Planet Ark in partnership with Toyota and its Dealer Network, which provides on the ground support at local community tree planting sites Australia wide.
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