Brown Hill kinder students show their green thumbs at a tree planting day.

The bushland along the Yarrowee River at Brown Hill is a little greener today thanks to an excited group of tiny gardeners.

The children of Brown Hill Kindergarten teamed up with City of Ballarat workers to plant scores of trees in the parkland near their kinder. It’s a familiar space for the youngsters, who spend one day a week in the bushland as part of their bush kinder program.

The tree planting has become an annual activity for the kindergarten with many of the children participating having had older siblings who planted other trees in the area when they were at kindergarten.

TREE PLANTING: Brown Hill Kindergarten students Nate and Ivy find their green thumbs and get their hands dirty planting trees in parkland beside the Yarrowee River. Picture: Jeremy Bannister

TREE PLANTING: Brown Hill Kindergarten students Nate and Ivy find their green thumbs and get their hands dirty planting trees in parkland beside the Yarrowee River. Picture: Jeremy Bannister

“Through their involvement in the tree planting the children have an interest in and ownership of the local bush land and feel a connection with the areas they have helped plant,” said educational leader Christine Sullivan.

Ms Sullivan said bush kinder helped students’ imagination, thinking, calmness, creativity, and helped build their independence, resilience and appreciation of their local environment.