Celebrate National Tree Day and benefit from ‘green time’

Redland City Council is urging residents to support National Tree Day by coming along to a community tree planting on Sunday 29 July from 9am – 11am at Doug Tiller Reserve, Montgomery Drive, Wellington Point.

National Tree Day is Australia’s biggest community tree-planting event coordinated nationally by Planet Ark.

The event aims to plant one million trees across Australia and is designed to encourage schools, community groups and individuals to actively care for our unique land and improve the environment in which they live.

The Redlands local event is hosted by Council’s Community Bushcare Program. It aims to plant over 4,000 plants, including 200 koala food tress, to improve habitat along Hilliard’s Creek wildlife corridor.

National Tree Day is perfect for all ages of the community, with volunteers only needing to spend a couple of hours to expand green areas in the Redlands.

Mayor Karen Williams said, “Council is encouraging residents to connect with the community and get involved in National Tree Day. It’s easy, fun and is only a small investment of time for great environmental, community and health benefits.”

“We can help make a difference within our community by understanding the benefits of tree planting to address important environmental issues such as the loss of habitat for native wildlife, especially our vulnerable koala population, and climate change.

“Council is proud to be hosting an active community event where residents can get outside amongst trees and nature and enjoy our great outdoors,” Mayor Karen Williams said.

Participants are asked to wear closed-in shoes and sun-protective clothing and bring their own drinking water. Council will provide all other requirements including plants, equipment, gardening gloves, sunscreen and insect repellent.

After the planting, a free sausage sizzle will be on offer for all who participate, as well as certificates for children who help plant on the day.

Wildlife and environment displays and a lucky door prize draw will also add to the festivities of the morning.

Celebrating its 17th year in 2012, National Tree Day has resulted in the planting of more than 17 million native trees and shrubs since its inception.

For more information about the National Tree Day community planting, contact Redlands IndigiScapes Centre on 3824 8611 or visit www.indigiscapes.com.au.