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Earth-Day gardeners

Students at Shannon Lake Elementary proved you’re never too young or too small to make a difference.

About 70 students in Grades 2, 3 and 4 clambered up a hill behind Talus Ridge to pull marked plants and shrubs from the ground and have them transplanted back at their school for Earth Day.

Teacher Sharon Foster says the plants will be replanted near slopes at the school to stop erosion from an interpretive trail the students are building.

“The interpretative trail is where others can come and learn about plants and what plants are drought tolerant to this area,” she explains.

They also hope to build a pollinator garden to attract bees and butterflies.

“We will also build a food garden so we can show students what happens when it goes from seed to food."

The money to build the trail and gardens came from an $8,000 grant funded by BC Hydro and the Okanagan Basin Water Board.

Talus Ridge provided the area for the plant picking, as it's soon to be developed.

John Grods with Beckingham Environmental has been working with developer to put a focus on sustainability.

“So what this (the students transplanting) is doing, is taking the plants that are sustainable here naturally and giving them an opportunity to put into areas that may have been disturbed or destroyed and so you can now reclaim those areas."

The project for Shannon Lake Elementary students kicked off on Earth Day. More than six million Canadians were expected to participate in Earth Day activities in communities across the country.

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