Leaning Tree Steiner School has been selected from over a thousand applicants to be a recipient of a Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant, as part of the supermarkets’ commitment to grow the next generation of environmental champions.
The Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants program aims to inspire students with hand-on projects focusing on sustainable food production, improving waste management practices and enhancing native habitats.
The program is being funded with proceeds from the sale of the Woolworths ‘Bag for good’. Woolworths will be providing up to half a million dollars in grants to more than 500 schools nationally during this first round of the program.
The local grant will mean Leaning Tree Steiner School is now able to develop their proposed project:
Project Type: Sustainable food production
Project Name: Bush Tucker Garden
Project Info: Our main goal is for all students to have a better understanding of food that the traditional owners of the land would have eaten and to encourage healthy eating habits. This project will be a new venture on our new school site/ grounds. We will be constructing raised garden beds to keep plants out of reach of rabbits, and be growing local bush tucker. All students from years 1 to 6 will be involved in different aspects of the project
Woolworths Geraldton Group Manager, David Wilkinson said; “We’re so proud and excited to see the funds raised from our ‘Bag for good’ going directly into our local community through the Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants program.
“We are inspired by the students at Leaning Tree Steiner School who are playing an active role in ensuring a greener future for our community and can’t wait to see their project come to life.
“In partnership with our local customers, we can continue to empower this next generation of school students to work towards a more sustainable Australia."
Landcare Australia CEO, Dr Shane Norrish said; “This fantastic response shows the community’s passion for caring for the environment. Junior Landcare offers opportunities for sharing knowledge, developing skills and creating experiences that foster connections with the environment and community from childhood to adulthood.
“The project by Leaning Tree Steiner School is highly deserving and we look forward to the students getting hands-on experience and making a difference to their local environment.
An interactive map shows all 538 Woolworths Junior Landcare projects, including brief descriptions and photos.
The reusable Woolworths ‘Bag for good’ was launched on June 20 last year, when the supermarket removed single-use plastic shopping bags across all stores nationwide. Since the move, Woolworths has since taken more than two billion single-use plastic bags out of circulation nationwide.