Wollemi Pine Promotes National Tree Day
regional NSW school, Canowindra Public School, will soon be the
proud home of one of the first Wollemi Pines after winning a national
poetry competition designed to drive Australian schools to sign
up to National Tree Day.
competition, proudly supported by Channel Nine and Planet Ark, attracted
over 600 entries entitled "Why my school would like to plant
a Wollemi Pine". Promoted nationally on Channel Nine prime
time in May, the competition raised awareness of the tenth annual
National Tree Day.
on Sunday July 31st , National Tree Day involved thousands of volunteers
getting their hands dirty by planting trees to 'Green Up Australia'
and regenerate native flora particularly in urban areas. Last year
more than 250,000 volunteers planted over a million trees at 3,200
sites across Australia.
organizers of the event, Planet Ark, said; "Trees help to filter
water, combat salinity, clean the air and increase flows into water
catchments. They also provide food and shelter to Australia's unique
wildlife and are an integral part of our country's biodiversity."
Day plays an important role in educating children about the importance
of planting trees. By having their own Wollemi Pine, the kids from
Canowindra Public School will be able to see first hand an international
conservation program" says Stephen Duckitt of Planet Ark.
ceremonial planting will take place at the school in late October
after the Wollemi Pines are released to the public for the first
time. The school will receive a Pine that will be up to 2m tall
and 5 years old and is a direct descendent of The Bill Tree, the
oldest and tallest Wollemi Pine found in the wild.
Winning Poem by Canowindra Public School:
In the deep, dark canyon David saw,
A living, breathing dinosaur.
With skin like bubbling chocolate and wings like a Christmas tree,
This Noble man found 76, wild and living free.
the 10th of September 1994,
History was made and much much more.
Something as old as time itself, was in an awful plight.
We could not let her die, not without a fight.
birds collected the seed,
So that new plants they could breed.
A majestic tree for Canowindra Public to treasure
Forever, a Wollemi Pine would give our school great pleasure.
more information on National Tree Day, call the Tree Day Hotline
on 1300 88 5000 or visit the Tree