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DIG IT: Roll up your sleeves for National Tree Day this weekend

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Calling all green thumbs. Now is your time to shine and give something back to Mother Nature because National Tree Day will kick off this weekend.

An initiative of Planet Ark, National Tree Day (1 August) and Schools Tree Day (30 July)are Australia’s largest annual tree planting and nature care events, with plantings taking place across the country across the last weekend of July.

Over the past 25 years, more than 26 million native trees, shrubs and grasses have been planted by 5 million-plus National Tree Day volunteers. 

The call to action for 2021 comes after recent research, commissioned by Planet Ark, showed 7 out of 10 Australians agree their individual actions can have a positive impact on global environmental issues such as climate change.

The research also found most Australians recognise the benefits of spending time in nature and doing so inspires them to protect the environment in return. 

“It’s clear from our research that Australians understand they can make a personal difference through positive environmental action and National Tree Day provides a fantastic opportunity for them to do just that,” Planet Ark Deputy CEO Rebecca Gilling said.

“There are clear benefits to spending time in nature and by planting a tree you can help cool the  climate, provide homes for native wildlife, and make your community a better place to live.” 

Where you can get involved locally

Here are some of the National Tree Planting Day activities happening around you. Head here for more information.

Squirrel Glider Planting

Saturday 7 August – 8.30am to 12pm
Gun Club Road, Highfields

This event is a continuation of a mass planting from World Environment Day, to support the local Squirrel Glider population – a threatened species. A range of canopy species and shrubs will be planted to provide habitat and foraging resources for the squirrel gliders.

Kenibea Bushland Reserve

Sunday 1 August – 10am to 12pm
67 Ocean View Parade, Charlestown

Kenibea Bushland Reserve is a wonderful green oasis in the middle of busy Charlestown. The reserve has been nurtured by Landcare volunteers over many years and now has many varieties of native plants and wildlife. There will be weeding and planting under the supervision of Richard MacFayden.

Belmont Wetlands State Park and Trees In Newcastle (TIN)

Sunday 1 August – 10am to 12.30pm
119 Kalaroo Road, Redhead

Belmont Wetlands State Park is having a National Tree Day planting event to create more wildlife corridors within the park. The aim is to increase the flora and fauna in this area by creating more natural animal habitats for coastal and inland wildlife.

Pelican Area Sustainable Neighbourhood Group

Sunday 1 August -9am to 11.30am
Ungala Road, Blacksmiths

The area is a coastal dune site that has been adversely impacted by human activities and is now being rehabilitated and managed by the group.

The day will feature tree, shrub and ground cover planting as well as clearing around the native seedlings and small trees that are growing and a morning tea.

Getting Grounded at Gurranba

Saturday 31 July – 10am – 12pm
308a Skye Point Road, Coal Point

The Toronto Area Sustainable Neighbourhood Group and Coal Point Progress Association Landcare will be popping in a few trees to boost the canopy and planting a Lomandra buffer bordering the foreshore bushland to prevent the spread of weeds.

Maitland City Council

Sunday 1 August – 10am to 12pm
77 Schanck Drive, Metford

Maitland City Council will be revegetating parts of Three Mile Gully; on the edge of the Metford Playing Fields to expand habitat for native wildlife and improve the resilience of this local corridor.

National Tree Day is on Sunday 1 August. Head here for more information. All public events will be held in accordance with local COVID-19 protocols to ensure the safety of  National Tree Day participants.

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