Restoring our river

FUTURE FOREST: Trinity Catholic College students planting trees on the Wilson riverbank.
FUTURE FOREST: Trinity Catholic College students planting trees on the Wilson riverbank.

TRINITY Catholic College students were out in force this week, busily engaged in tree-planting and rubbish-clearing from the St Mary's site opposite their school on the bank of the Wilsons River.

It's all part of the Wilsons River Catchment Schools Education and Restoration project, which had its launch at the site on Wednesday.

The site, close to St Mary's Mount has undergone a radical transformation in recent weeks, with the removal of some massive camphor laurels and other weed species, clearing the site in preparation for planting native species.

"Just look how it's opened up!" enthused Lismore City Council's environmental strategies manager, Vanessa Tallon.

"We'll be planting 450 trees here, which will all be more than a metre tall in a year's time.

"We're taking a strategic approach to weed-tree removal, to maintain riverbank stability and increase the diversity of species."

The project's coordinator, Georgina Jones is the environment officer with Environmental Education and Training (EnviTE).

"It's a partnership with Wilsons River Landcare Group, Lismore City Council and the Wilsons River Catchment Schools Education and Restoration program," Georgina told The Echo

"It's a really big project, also involving the North East Waste Forum, Rous Water, Far North Coast Weeds, Richmond Landcare Inc, Friends of the Koala and WIRES."

Trinity is one of six participating Lismore schools; the others are Albert Park, Kadina, Richmond River, St Carthage's and St John's College, Woodlawn. The project started at the beginning of July and will continue to June 30, 2015, with each school holding two "tree day" events over the three-year period.

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