23 August 2017

Local Schools support Smelter’s Annual Tree Planting


Over 100 students from local schools in Launceston will get their hands dirty and feet muddy planting trees this Thursday with Bell Bay Aluminium. Participating schools include Waverley, Invermay, East Tamar and Mowbray Heights Primary Schools.

Students will swap pens and computers for gardening gloves and trowels as they team up with employees from Bell Bay Aluminium to restore an endangered plant community that once thrived in the Tamar Valley.

Bell Bay Aluminium’s Community Relations Specialist, Lou Clark said “Our annual tree planting project is a wonderful initiative to get students involved in helping the environment. We have been planting trees at the Newnham site with the support of Launceston City Council and local students for the past six years. The trees we have planted on this site are doing really well.”

“This is a lovely partnership with our local schools. This is a fun, hands on activity for students that reinforce their environmental and science learning while at the same time contributing to the beautification and sustainability of the parkland at Newnham. Importantly every tree that students’ plant with Bell Bay Aluminium this week will have a positive impact on the future of our planet and help to preserve the current environment in the Tamar Valley region,” said Ms Clark.

The annual tree planting day is also supported by the Rotary Club of George Town who will cook a BBQ for the hungry volunteers at the completion of each tree planting session.

With the assistance of local school students, Bell Bay Aluminium has planted in excess of 25,000 trees in the Launceston and Tamar Valley region over the past six years.