Ascham Forest — offsetting our carbon emissions

Every year for the last decade, Ascham girls in Year 11 have travelled to a regional NSW property to plant trees. We call this our Ascham Forest. This annual project has one central aim: over time the forests that we plant, cumulatively, will offset the carbon emissions of our school.

In the last week of August our girls headed to a property in Currabubula near Tamworth, to the family home of one of our boarders. Prior to the trip the students had enthusiastically fundraised to buy the 500 trees that they would plant.

After travelling five hours by bus to Currabubula the girls were taught how to properly plant trees so that they had the greatest chance of survival. Splitting into two groups and working in pairs, the girls spent several hours planting out the entire collection of young trees.

Camping and a cosy bonfire completed this unique trip, then the girls woke early the next day to check on their new trees and the beginnings of their very own Ascham Forest before departing for the long drive home back to Sydney.

Ascham Forest is an important project that we are ongoingly committed to, particularly in the face of climate change.

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