Over 50 trees planted by next gen green thumbs

On Friday 26 July, green thumbs from Bellbird Park State Secondary College (BPSSC) took a break from class to plant more than 50 trees as part of Schools Tree Day, an initiative of National Tree Day by Planet Ark.

With the support from Brentwood Forest by AVID Property Group (AVID), Eureka Landscaping and Llewellyn Toyota the students planted native trees and shrubs around their new school while learning about the natural world around them.

This was the first Schools Tree Day hosted by BPSSC and Principal Michael West said the event was of great benefit to not just the environment but also the students.

“Events like Schools Tree Day provide an opportunity to get our students out of the classroom and have hands on learning experiences,” Mr West said.

“Bellbird Park is home to beautiful bushlands and Schools Tree Day provides us with an opportunity to bring a little bit of this native bush into our school grounds.

“It’s great to be part of a supportive community – we would not have been able to host this event for our students without the support of our sponsors.”

BPSSC is one of the newest schools in Queensland with approximately 300 students and is located within AVID’s masterplanned community Brentwood Forest.

AVID Development Manager Queensland Peter Macleod said AVID was proud to be able to support BPSSC and have opportunities like Schools Tree Day where they can engage with the local school community.

“Bellbird Park State Secondary College is a part of our Brentwood Forest community and is the school of choice for so many of our new families,” Mr Macleod said.

“Sponsorships and community events play an important role in shaping a community, and we are excited to be supporting Bellbird Park State Secondary College to help our local Brentwood Forest community thrive.”

Brentwood Forest worked closely with landscaper Eureka to ensure the trees and shrubs donated to BPSSC were native to benefit the local environment for current and future generations.

“For this event, it was important the trees and shrubs planted were native not just to Australia but also to the local area in an effort to preserve the beautiful environment we already have in Bellbird Park,” Mr Macleod said.

“Revegetating the local area with native flora and fauna was a major part of the masterplan for Brentwood Forest.

“For Schools Tree Day, we have been lucky enough to work with Eureka Landscaping as well as the Bellbird Park State Secondary College groundskeeping staff to select plants which are suited to the school as well as the surrounding environment.”

National Tree Day started in 1996 and has grown into Australia’s largest community tree-planting and nature care event and this year asked Australians to help plant one million new native trees and shrubs across the country.