ADOPTING TREES: Cr Carolyn Tillman and Brigalow State School principal Trudi Eather with budding greenthumbs Jake and Ella Cotter and Harley and Chloe Rummenie.
ADOPTING TREES: Cr Carolyn Tillman and Brigalow State School principal Trudi Eather with budding greenthumbs Jake and Ella Cotter and Harley and Chloe Rummenie. Contributed

School takes part in 'adopt a tree' program

STUDENTS from Brigalow State School are being given the chance to get out of the classroom and get their hands dirty.

The students will be planting trees as part of the Western Downs Regional Council's Adopt a Street Tree program.

The primary school will have a row of trees planted along their street, with students getting involved with the planting and ongoing care.

Brigalow State School principal Trudi Eather said the school community had welcomed the leafy initiative.

"It's really exciting,” she said.

"Obviously we've got lots of nature around us, but to plant a few more trees will really enhance the look of the school.

"The program will allow me to share knowledge with the students around environmental conservation.

"They will take great joy in watering the trees and watching them grow.”

Council spokesperson for parks, open spaces and cemeteries, Councillor Carolyn Tillman, said it was great to see Brigalow State School embrace the program.

"Adopt a Street Tree is a very popular program and I'm so happy to see our smaller towns getting involved,” Cr Tillman said.

"We would love to see even more places around the region follow Brigalow State School's lead.”

Year 3 student Ella Cotter said she was also looking forward to the Adopt a Street Tree program coming to her school.

"I'm going to plant a tree in my backyard too,” she said.

"It will be a flower tree like this one, I think with red flowers.”

The Adopt a Street Tree program is open to all towns across the Western Downs and it's free to register your interest.

Registrations for this year's planting close on Friday, March 16.

To nominate, call 1300 COUNCIL or fill in the online registration form on the Western Downs Regional Council's website.


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