Melton South Primary pupils lend a hand to Friends of Toolern Creek

Nienke,7, from Melton South Primary (Dennis Manktelow).

By Laura Michell

Budding green thumbs from Melton South Primary School rolled up their sleeves recently to help plant more than 300 trees along Toolern Creek.

The students from grades 1 to 5 joined the Friends of Toolern Creek and staff from GJ Gardner Homes at a planting day along the creek.

Friends of Toolern Creek president Lyn Holdsworth said the group holds planting days every Monday and Thursday to revegetate the area.

She said that the July 26 planting day resulted in 324 gum trees and indigenous shrubs being planted.

“The kids were just wonderful. The were running about trying to plant as many trees as they could,” Ms Holdsworth said.

The Friends of Toolern Creek began 13 years ago in a bid to beautify the creek area.

“We saw how bad it was and didn’t want people going up to Ballarat and Adelaide to see that as their first vision of Melton,” she said.