Shepparton High helps environment

By James Bennett

Students from Shepparton High School are doing their bit for the local environment.

About half of the 30 Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning students were at the Shepparton Weir on the Goulburn River yesterday planting trees and installing nesting boxes.

There were about 120 native plants and trees planted including wattle, red gum and grey box.

"We're planting trees to help revegetate the environment for the animals and plants," year 12 student Naoise Fleming said.

"We're covering up the tracks where cars have driven to provide more greenery because people are digging up the trees so they can do other things.

"It's been good to be hands on and learn about how we're helping the environment."

The News understands about 500 trees will be planted along the Goulburn River by the end of the year.

Naoise said the tree-planting was part of fellow student Dannielle Lancaster's project.

"VCAL put us together to be environmental and to come up with our own projects," Naoise said.

"As a class we decided to do the nesting boxes and we've all come together to help Dannielle plant trees."

During the year the students learnt about the squirrel glider and how it is at risk of becoming extinct.

To help the population, about 60 nesting boxes were built made from donated material and will be spread throughout natural bushland around Shepparton.

A further 20 flat packs will be donated back through community project RiverConnect, which will build the new nesting boxes with primary school students.