Ulong Public School and Woolgoolga Public School have each received a $3,500 NSW Government Eco Schools grant to add to their respective school gardens, Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser said.

The Eco Schools Grant Program aims to instil environmental awareness and appreciation in school communities.

Mr Fraser said the NSW Environmental Trust grants would help Ulong Public School and Woolgoolga Public School to implement local and practical environmental education initiatives.

“Ulong Public School’s project, a Gumbaynggirr Garden aims to incorporate a sensory garden using local native plants, herbs and bush tucker plants and Woolgoolga Public School’s project will update their existing garden beds to create a bush tucker and herb garden, extend their vegetable garden by creating a small citrus orchard and herb garden and the introduction of worm farms to help fertilise and gardens,” Mr Fraser said.

“The school children participating in these grassroots environmental projects are likely to transfer their learnings to friends and families.”

Grants of $3500 were awarded to 80 schools including 22 to schools catering for special needs.

Environment Minister Mark Speakman said the Eco Schools grants would help young people to learn and value the natural environment.

“These grants help educate students on the importance of protecting the environment for future generations,” Mr Speakman said.

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