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Our Bringing Back the Bush tree-planting program for primary and high school students has been encouraging kids to get their hands dirty for more than 5 years now.

The goal is to regenerate the Cumberland Plain Woodland (listed as ‘critically endangered’ by the Australian Government) which once covered 30% of Sydney.

While helping us plant native trees, shrubs, grasses and wildflowers across the Parklands, the students also get a fun, hands-on lesson in an outdoor classroom.

The young gardeners are shown how to plant trees, mulch soil and recognise and remove weeds. Meanwhile, experts from Greening Australia tell them about the local wildlife and how the area’s traditional owners use different plants for food and medicine.

Schools are invited to return each year, so students can check on their seedlings, do maintenance work and if needed, some damage control. We hope the program encourages the students to enjoy the outdoors, value nature and appreciate the environment. 

Get involved

The program is for students in grades 4 to 12. Transport is provided and everyone who joins in gets a free hat and tote bag.

Schools can email Greening Australia to find out more about joining Bringing Back the Bush: NSWReception@greeningaustralia.org.au

Visit the Greening Australia website for more information on how it works with communities to create greener, more liveable cities.

Resources for teachers

Download info on Parklands environmental monitoring and our local wildlife.


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