Plant a tree day

Putting down roots: showing the grandkids how to plant young trees
Putting down roots: showing the grandkids how to plant young trees

It’s Schools Tree Day on July 28 and National Tree Day on July 30 – so time to get out and plant a tree and help your corner of the globe.

“This national Plant Ark initiative has been going for over 22 years,” spokesman Carol Warwick said. “It’s an opportunity to get out into nature, to green our grey areas and to connect to nature when Australians spend on average 90% of their time indoors.”

Tree Day involves around 300,000 Australians volunteering to plant trees in their local communities. “In 2016 across northern Sydney, 2000 residents helped to plant around 5000 trees and plants.

“The trees come from a variety of sources, often grown from seeds in council nurseries to ensure they’re a relevant local variety, or from Bunnings, sponsors Toyota or landcare and bushcare groups.” Here are the main Tree Day local events at the time of going to press. For more, go to: treeday.planetark.org or call 1300 88 5000.

Ku-ring-gai

Ku-ring-gai Council – Loyal Henry Park, 49 Bromborough Road, Roseville, 10am – 1pm, July 30. For more, call 9424 0893 or email: sustainability@kmc.nsw.gov.au. The initial estimates for this event at 1,000 plants from the St Ives Community Nursery and so far 100 people have registered to participate. There’s a free sausage sizzle for participants.

Wahroonga Waterways Landcare 79 Mount Pleasant Ave, Wahroonga, 9am – 11am, July 30. Preferred contact: Facebook. There’s food for attendees depending on numbers.

Hornsby

Hornsby Council – Rose Park, Galston Road, Hornsby Heights, 10 – 12 noon, July 30. Involves creating native bushland by planting trees, shrubs and grasses from HSC’s community nursery. The varieties are native to the area, many having been grown from seeds picked up locally. The council also provides seedlings to schools on request for school planting day.

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