ST CARTHAGE'S Primary School children have given the community a gift to last a lifetime.
Over the past week, St Carthage's Primary School students have been helping EnviTE to restore the banks of the Wilsons River next to the soccer fields across the road from the school.
More than 620 primary students from St Carthage's have planted riverbank rainforest species to encourage native wildlife and better water quality in an area previously engulfed by weeds.
Wilsons River Catchment Education and Restoration Project officer from EnviTE Georgina Jones said the project has allowed the school students to learn about the environment through direct action.
"All the kids have loved it and the teachers are really enthusiastic," Ms Jones said.
"It really shows what you can achieve when working with a wide range of community partners."
One community partner is Rous Water and its bush regenerator, Jesse Vandenboch said Lismore's tap water will be positively affected by planting the trees.
St Carthage's assistant principal Janette McFadden said the children have thor- oughly engaged with the project.
Because it is one of the play areas for the school, St Carthage's plans to keep it beautiful for generations to come.
"The kids will be able to come here in 10 or 15 years and say 'I helped plant those trees'," Ms McFadden said.
"We're also committed to teaching the children that we're all responsible for the environment and we'll make a difference in the future if we act now."
The project was funded by the NSW Environment Trust.
The funding will be provided until 2015.
It is facilitated in partnership with Rous Water and Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre.
Wilson's River Catchment Education and Restoration Project
How many trees have been planted? 800
How many children were involved? 627 St Carthage's students have planted trees
What sort of species were planted? Local riverbank rainforest species
Who are the community partners? Rous Water, Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre
When will it be finished? 2015