Joel Corey gets hands dirty for Schools Tree Day

Barwon Water youth and environment ambassador Joel Corey joined students and staff from Forrest Primary School to plant 250 native trees and shrubs at the West Barwon Reservoir as part of Schools Tree Day celebrations last week.

Ahead of his milestone game at the weekend, Joel braved wet and muddy conditions, working alongside the grade 3 to 6 students and Barwon Water staff to revegetate an area downstream of the dam with species indigenous to the area.

Forrest Primary School students Britt Coulter and Claire Mcdonald planting a native sapling with help from youth and environment ambassador Joel Corey with and Barwon Water's Khan Beckett.

The planting area was previously populated by introduced willows which were removed and now form a layer of compost from which the new trees will grow. The plantation will include a number of indigenous species, including:

  • Blackwood Wattle (Acacia melonoxylon)
  • Purple Appleberry (Billardiera longifolia)
  • Manna Gum (Eucalyptus viminalis)
  • Prickly Teatree (Leptospermum continentale).

The local students came well prepared for Forrest's wet weather, donning gumboots and raincoats and weren't afraid to get muddy for a good cause. Joel repaid the favour, signing footballs in between planting saplings.

We would like to extend our thanks to the staff and students of Forrest Primary School, the Forrest Lions Club (who supplied a barbecue lunch for the hungry planters) and the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority for assistance in planning the day.

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