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On Saturday 29th July members of South Wagga Anglican Parish combined with students from St Martin’s College to participate in National Tree Day. More than 500 native species were planted in partnership with Charles Sturt University, who are continuing their green goals.

Ed Maher, head of CSU Green, welcomed the volunteers, saying: ‘CSU was delighted to partner with South Wagga Anglican Church on this recent revegetation. As Australia’s only certified Carbon Neutral University, CSU loves the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded organisations. We hope that this may lead to a long-term relationship between CSU and South Wagga Anglican Church’.

Reverend Scott Goode, Rector of South Wagga, said that the day out achieved a number of goals: ‘For our parish this was an important opportunity of building community partnerships and taking a concrete step in ensuring we are involved in creation care. I really hope that this might be the beginning of an annual event that grows and grows’.

St Martin’s College has a proud record of managing its carbon footprint ‘so, it was with enthusiasm that some students of the College joined CSU Green and South Wagga Anglican Church in the tree planting as part of the National Tree Day, which was on the Sunday. St Martins hosted a lunch for all the volunteers on what turned out to be a beautiful sunny winter’s day. Rain in the following week was also a God-send’ said the Acting Head of College.

National Tree Day takes place each year and more information can be found here: www.treeday.planetark.org.

by Reverend Scott Goode