My Tree Project

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This information will be updated regularly as we finalise and evaluate the project.

The My Tree Project is a 2021-22 initiative that invites children from three western suburbs primary schools to grow a tree at their school or home, as well as create an artwork about what a tree means to them. Sponsored by SA Water and supported by WACRA, the project aims to empower children to play an active role in dealing with the challenges of climate change, adding to tree canopy in the western suburbs and creating a cooler and healthier environment into the future.

From propagating a seed in November 2021 to planting the tree mid-2022, children will gain a greater understanding of biodiversity, indigenous plants and sustainability, and learn how to connect with nature and be waterwise. A forum with specialist groups (Green Adelaide, SA Water, Trees for Life, etc) for teachers and students from participating schools (Kilkenny, Grange and West Beach) was held in late 2021.

Artwork

Early to mid-2022, students will create the artworks (drawings, paintings, films, songs, dance etc) using paint, pencils, chalk, pastels, cut-outs, air dry clay, wire, textiles, bark, or other materials of their choice. Selected artworks will be exhibited at the Charles Sturt Civic Centre (Woodville Road) during the South Australian Living Artists (SALA) festival in August. The exhibition launch will be held Friday 29 July, Schools Tree Day, by invitation only. Other venues will be the schools and the Civic Centre Library.

View ‘My Tree Project’ in the SALA catalogue

The team

Julie Whitehead: project coordinator
Andrea Rankin: promotional materials
Lara Lamnek, Marg Easson: artists running workshops
Steve Fuller, Deidre Knight: plant selection and planting workshops

Thank yous

Charles Sturt Council staff, Sally Denton and other staff (SA Water), the Lamnek family, Lisa Savchuk (artist), Fernando Gonçalves, Marty Cielens, Richard Smith, the My Tree Project team, principals and deputy principals of the two primary schools involved, Croydon Officeworks, Henley Beach Foodland, Peter Malinauskas’ Office staff

Contact

Julie Whitehead (project coordinator): 0433 289 716

Resources

See My Tree Project: multimedia resources for a range of visual resources generated by the project in 2021-22.