It's time to plant some trees!
The City of Greater Bendigo is inviting residents to pull on their gardening gloves and help celebrate the 23rd annual National Tree Day at three sites in Spring Gully, North Bendigo and Huntly on Sunday July 29, 2018.
City of Greater Bendigo Presentation and Assets Director Debbie Wood said since launching in 1996, over three million participants have planted over 21 million native trees, shrubs and grasses on National Tree Day throughout Australia.
“This year there will be three sites in Greater Bendigo that residents can come along and celebrate National Tree Day at by helping to plant some native plants and trees,” Ms Wood said.
“The City is proud to have supported National Tree Day over the past 23 years and this has resulted in the planting of over 80,000 native plants at more than 45 locations within our municipality.
“Last year alone 8,000 indigenous trees and shrubs were planted by 220 people on National Tree Day in Greater Bendigo
“Trees and plants provide environmental and aesthetic benefits. They improve air quality, help control the heat in cities and urban areas, and have countless health benefits such as reducing stress, improving concentration and promoting physical activity.”
Times and locations of this year’s planting sites:-
10.30am to 1.30pm - Spring Gully Bushland Reserve, Stanley Ave, Spring Gully
Hosted by the City of Greater Bendigo
Enjoy planting native plants, children’s art activities, refreshments and a free barbecue lunch. Parking is available on Stanley Avenue. Follow the signs to the planting site. Contact Tania MacLeod on 5454 9544 or 0438 227 608
10am to 12pm - 78-82 Bayne St, North Bendigo
Hosted by Ironbark Gully Friends
Look for the marquee and banners. Gloves, planting tools, drinking water and a barbecue will be provided. Contact Jacky Vincent on 0413 431 291,
1.00pm to 4pm - Bendigo Creek Streamside Reserve, Leans Road Huntly
Hosted by Northern Bendigo Landcare Group
Help plant over 700 trees and plants and enjoy lots of free giveaways on the day. Drinks, snacks and all equipment will be provided. Contact Nicole Howie on 0413 974 074
All participants are asked to wear suitable clothing, footwear and gloves. Planting tools will be supplied but participants are asked to bring along a hand trowel if they have one.
Participants are also asked to register at the desk adjacent to the planting area on arrival. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.