Creating Eucalypt Hot Spots in Midland Schools
Greening Australia TAS
500 students at four Tasmanian Midlands district schools learnt from the restoration work being undertaken near their schools and with assistance from scientists, farmers and restoration ecologists, established replica planting trial sites. Students collected seed, propagated eucalypts, prepared sites and planted a variety of eucalypt species. They gained a first-hand understanding of the nationally significant values of Midlands eucalypts in a biodiversity hotpot, how the landscape functions, and how conserving and restoring eucalypts assists and supports productive and profitable farming. Greening Australia TAS was successful in obtaining a grant from Landcare to continue the work of this project. It also led to an Arts focus as part of a University of Tasmania Arts interpretation project.