Geoff Lea from Walking Track Services Tasmania, has many years experience walking along tracks in National Parks, keeping an eye on the condition of our native environment. He has also had a hand in constructing many kilometers of the tracks themselves. For the past few years, Geoff has chipped in to get some trees planted on his behalf. This year was no exception.

Geoff’s trees (105) went to New Town Primary School, just north of Hobart. They were organised by Jimmy Collinson from Green Australia. Thanks Jimmy for your efforts.


The gang from New Town.

The kids from New Town.


It was a lovely winters day for planting trees when some of New Town Primary School’s Grade 2 and 3’s started planting out local tree and shrub species in their new Wildlands area. This area is part of the schools Sensory Garden project, which is slowly being developed in previously unused areas. The Wildlands areas are underneath powerlines that run through the school grounds, and previously have been either too steep for the students to use, or too uninteresting.

These plants will provide habitat for native animals and stabilize steep slopes as well as acting as a carbon sink. While we were working, we found huge native worms, showing us that this area is perfect for these plants. We also talked about what plants need to thrive and why we should care about them. As well as the small trees (to fit under the powerlines!), we also planted additional sensory plants such as native mint, fine-leaved boronia and yellow buttons to show off  just how beautiful and interesting these native plants can be.

Mr Gudran | Classroom teacher | New Town Primary


Once again, huge thank you to Geoff Lea for enabling these trees to be planted. The project only went ahead because of your support.

Slànte – Colleen