In partnership with Shaw Landscape Group, students from Kemblawarra Public School got their hands dirty last week in celebration of National Tree Day. With their pint-sized hats and gloves, these young ‘Environmental Warriors’ experienced an exciting day of tree planting.

Scott Shaw planting tree with the students of Kemblawarra Public school in celebration of National Tree Day

Students of Kemblawarra Public School getting their hands dirty for national tree day 2023
Scott Shaw and team planting native trees with the students

Not only did this event help to ‘beautify’ the school grounds, it also strengthened their ‘Guardians of the Garden’ green thumb program. By taking part in a such an important initiative, Scott Shaw, Founder of Shaw Landscape Group hopes to sow the seeds of knowledge among the younger generations about the importance of the environment, native trees and their significance to First Nations arts and culture.

“As landscapers, we create environments, not take away from them and one of the best parts about my job is having the ability to give back and educate our younger community”.

Interactive ‘Tree talk’ by Environmental Engineer Zac-noel Strang and Cultural Centre Coordinator, Errolyn Strang of The Illawarra Aboriginal Corporation
Special assembly ‘Tree talk’ by Environmental Engineer Zac-noel Strang and Cultural Centre Coordinator,
Errolyn Strang of The Illawarra Aboriginal Corporation. 

The school also enjoyed a sausage sizzle lunch generously catered by Dapto Lions Club, ‘Welcome to Country’ presentation by Aunty Lorraine and Narelle of Coomaditchie as well as an interactive ‘Tree talk’ by Environmental Engineer Zac-noel Strang and Cultural Centre Coordinator, Errolyn Strang of The Illawarra Aboriginal Corporation.

Dapto Lions club cooking a sausage sizzle lunch at Kemblawarra Public School to celebrate National Tree Day 2023
The team from Dapto Lions Club cooking a sausage sizzle lunch

Kids enjoying a sausage sizzle lunch at Kemblawarra Public School for National Tree Day

Co-sponsored by Illawarra and Albion Park Toyota, the team at Shaw Landscape Group worked closely to nurture the relationships of their suppliers, securing generous plant and tree stake donations from the likes of Berry Wholesale Nursery, Andreasens Green Nursery, Jamberoo Native Nursery, Wollongong Botanical Gardens, Sydney Wildflower Nursery and All Stakes Hire.

Off the back of a successful event last year planting over 80 trees and shrubs at Farmborough Road Public School, Shaw Landscape Group executed an even bigger and better event for 2023.

Shaw Landscape Group setup for national Tree day 2023
National Tree Day – Hats, gloves and garden tools

Students of Kemblawarra Public School having a great time on national tree day
All smiles. Kemblawarra Public School students celebrating National Tree Day! 

A huge thank you to our incredible supporters for their time and generous donations.

PLANTS: Berry Wholesale Nursery, Andreasens Green, Jamberoo Native Nursery, Wollongong Botanical Gardens, Sydney Wildflower Nursery

SAUSAGE SIZZLE LUNCH: Dapto Lions Club

BAMBOO STAKES AND GUARDS: All Stakes Supply

HATS AND GLOVES: Illawarra and Albion Park Toyota

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