STUDENTS at St Philomena's are getting back to nature and creating an inviting environment for the native bees, birds and insects to call home.
The Woolworths Junior Landcare program granted the local primary school $1600, which has allowed the students to make habitats with native plants for the birds and insects to enjoy.
St Philomena's principal Jaydem Hadson said the native wildlife are an important aspect of the school and the program has created a celebration of partnerships between students, staff and local business.
"It has been wonderful to see the developments within our beautiful playground of specific native plants and insect houses to help bring back a very important aspect to our gardens," he said.
"Students have really enjoyed being a part of the planning and implementation, as well as noticing the increased activity in our gardens, very evident at the moment with spring in the air."
Local plant nursery Riverside assisted St Philomena's in making selections for the program that aims to assist in improving the sustainability and biodiversity of the community.
Mr Hadson thanked the nursery for helping the school select plants that would achieve their goal of creating a habitat and environment that would bring more native insects and birds to the school grounds and gardens.
"A big thank you to the staff at Riverside who have worked closely with staff and students to deliver the garden," Mr Hadson said.
"It was very exciting to receive our big delivery of plants and has kept staff and students busy through the COVID lockdowns."
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The Woolworths Junior Landcare grants focus on sustainable food production, improving waste management practices and enhancing native habitats and will be available again early next year.
The initiative also aims to inspire children by providing hands-on projects, which has been timely considering the current COVID regulations on and off across the country.
Educating students on maintaining the native environment is important as it is crucial for the longevity of Australia's wildlife.