Imagine if all matriculants planted trees for bees

2019-08-14 06:01
photo: suppliedWembley College’s chairperson Michael Yeadon and his wife Louise planted a tree at the new indigenous bushland learning centre during the Founder’s Day celebrations.

photo: suppliedWembley College’s chairperson Michael Yeadon and his wife Louise planted a tree at the new indigenous bushland learning centre during the Founder’s Day celebrations.

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IMAGINE if every school motivated its matriculants to plant trees. Wembley has been planting trees for its matriculants for over 10 years. Each year during our annual Founder’s Day celebrations, trees are proudly planted for matriculants and those receiving long-term staff service awards.

Parents and family are invited to this auspicious, tree-planting ceremony where they can watch their proud son or daughter dig rich compost into the carefully prepared tree holes. During these ceremonies, many photographs are taken and sometimes tears are shed, to mark the pupils’ life journey to the next stage of their lives. But we still need to plant more trees in order to tackle the climate crisis across the world. Wembley is not alone in its tree planting endeavours.

Recently, the Philippines passed into law that every graduate has to plant 10 trees before they can graduate. This process is creating a means of ensuring the sustainability of bees and other pollinators, for climate change, for water and for our environment. Their aim is to plant 175 million new trees per year in order to offset their deforestation.

Wembley has recently joined an organisation called The Bee Effect, which is trying to formalise a programme to establish the ongoing sustainability of planting trees. We are hoping to become a #BeeSmartSchool because if 1 000 matriculants each planted 10 trees for bees a year, this would equal 10 000 trees. Our schools could help plant millions of trees.

Pupils are not the only ones thinking of planting trees. An old Greytonian, Liezl Hesketh, contacted our school a couple of months ago because she wants to offset her carbon footprint — to neutralise the impact our lifestyles are having on the environment. Hesketh lives in Manchester, where she was unable to find a suitable tree-planting initiative. Wembley was an obvious choice because we plant trees and we welcomed the opportunity to help build more indigenous forests. Each year, Hesketh will donate money for more trees to be planted. We have signed a contractual agreement ensuring that her trees will not be sold for commercial use or cut down unnecessarily.

Jenny Cowie, our local indigenous plant expert, is sharing her extensive knowledge of indigenous trees with us and we are now planting 36 trees in Wembley’s indigenous bushland learning centre this month.

Citizens of our community, please take the lead from Hesketh, the Philippines, Cowie and The Bee Effect, by assisting Wembley to plant more indigenous trees that will help combat climate change, the loss of bees and other pollinators, and create a greener future for your children. — Supplied.

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