Help plant 1000 trees on National Tree Day

Enjoy a morning in the great outdoors and help plant 1000 native plants along Tarradarrapin Creek at Birkdale on Sunday 31 July for National Tree Day.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the iconic environmental initiative was committed to providing a green community for future generations across Australia, with the local planting a great opportunity for residents to support Council’s objective of helping green the Redlands.

“Since it launched in 1996, Planet Ark’s National Tree Day has become our country’s largest community tree planting event, with more than 3.8 million participants helping to plant in excess of 22 million native trees, shrubs and grasses across our nation,” she said.

“This event is the perfect opportunity for residents to get out and enjoy the great outdoors while at the same time providing future habitat for local wildlife and contributing to Council’s goal of planting 60,000 trees this financial year.

“Not only is this event good for the environment, it’s also good for your personal wellbeing, with research from Planet Ark showing that spending time in nature is key to becoming happier, healthier, calmer and  smarter.”

Division 8 Councillor for Alexandra Hills North and Birkdale South, Tracey Huges, said National Tree Day was one of the regular community planting events run by Council’s Bushcare program, which is celebrating 16 years of hosting National Tree Day events in the Redlands.

“This free, family-oriented community event will help to protect and expand important habitat along Tarradarrapin Creek, improving water quality of the local waterway and providing homes and food for local wildlife,” she said.

“National Tree Day not only helps green the Redlands, it also generates a great sense of community pride and environmental awareness, especially for kids who enjoy planting some of the 1.2 million native plants that will be planted nationwide this year.

“Our community plantings are popular events, often attracting more than 200 volunteers who are eager to do their part for our natural environment, as well as enjoy a free sausage sizzle after the planting, participation certificates for kids and lucky door prizes.”

Residents are encouraged to wear enclosed shoes, sun-smart clothing and bring their own drinking water. Plants and all other equipment including gloves, sunscreen, gardening tools and insect repellent will be provided by Council.

Event details:

Date:              Sunday 31 July 2016, 9 – 11am
Location:       Judy Holt Reserve, Birkdale. Just past the Birkdale Waste Transfer Station off Old                             Cleveland Road. Off-street parking available (UBD Ref Map 184 N9).
Bring:             Enclosed shoes, sun protection and drinking water
We supply:    Plants, tools, sunscreen, insect repellent and gardening gloves

For more information, contact Indigiscapes on 3824 8611 or visit the website.