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Schools Tree Day to boost butterfly biodiversity

News release
05 August 2015

Auburn Primary School will establish a butterfly attracting garden and plant native species around the oval as part of Schools Tree Day on Friday, 24 July.

The event comes ahead of National Tree Day on Sunday, 26 July, and will see the whole school get involved.

Students at Auburn Primary School have designed the butterfly garden, with butterfly-attracting plants purchased using a $500 Natural Resources Northern and Yorke (NRNY) sustainability grant.

The funding was made available through the 2015 Young Environmental Leaders (YEL) program, which Auburn Primary School is participating in.

NRNY Lower and Mid North District Community Team Leader Bonnie Maynard said it is inspiring to see local schools participating in national environmental initiatives with lasting benefits.

“Connecting youth to nature can have such a positive influence on their health and happiness and encourages them to learn, play in and value the natural environment,” Ms Maynard said.

“As part of this year’s YEL program, Auburn Primary School is looking to encourage more biodiversity within their school grounds.

“One way they plan to achieve this is through the butterfly attracting garden and Schools Tree Day will kick-start this space.”

Getting behind Auburn Primary School planting day again this year, and continuing many years of support, is Clare Valley Toyota who will cook a barbecue lunch and supply tree guard materials for the event.

For more information about the event contact Auburn Primary School teacher, Shellee Bowman on 08 8849 2112.

More information

Communications and Engagement Coordinator

88413446

lorraine.edmunds@sa.gov.au