Gloucester High School agriculture students plant trees

Gloucester High School agriculture students have certainly done their bit to help the environment.

In the spirit of Arbor Day, year nine and 10 students planted seven trees at the school.

The action coincided with their current unit of study that explores the benefits of trees.

Agriculture teacher Erin Blake said the students were enthusiastic about taking part.

"This helps them understand the importance of trees and why we need them," Erin explained. "They are native trees so they grow all around this area."

The students will take ownership of their tree and ensure they are maintained. Their journey to senior school will mirror the growth of each tree.

"When they reach year 12, these trees should be more than one metre tall, so they'll be able to look back and say 'that's my tree, I planted that'," Erin said.

"It gives them a sense of ownership and shows them about sustainability."

Year 12 primary industries students fenced off a section of the windbreak shelter for the trees to be planted.

Erin said the building project gives them practical skills they can take away after school.

"They can take these skills back to their farms or workplaces," she said.

Arbor Day encourages individuals and groups to plant trees. Though usually observed in the spring, the date varies, depending on climate and suitable planting season.