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Pupils plant natives for Tree Day

CABARITA Beach Dunecare turned National Tree Day last Wednesday into an exciting and informative event attended by pupils from Bogangar Public School.

With a presentation by a local bush-tucker expert and a guided walk along a newly created 'bush tucker trail' students heard Franc Krasna talk about local "tucker" and completed a plant identification exercise.

They also planted several species of bush tucker plants both on the trail and back at school in the community garden.

With Dunecare's mural-painted storage container as a backdrop students learnt to identify local plant species.

"He showed the bark of the paperbark and how to wrap it around fish like today's foil," Dunecare secretary Suzanne Bourke said.

"He also explained that when the Melaleuca is in flower it is fat crab season and he demonstrated how pigface can be used like Aloe Vera for stings and cuts."

The children walked the new track between Goanna track and Norries Headland.

The kilometre walk was marked by the Cabarita Dunecare volunteers.

Some students planted more bush tucker along the route to increase the biodiversity, while others completed a plant match activity, testing their knowledge of five species of trees.

They walked the reminder of the track back to school where they planted two bush tucker plants in the Cabarita Community Garden.

"This land has been generously given by the school to the local gardeners," Ms Bourke said.

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