Livingstone Shire Council and Planet Ark are inviting Capricorn Coast residents to make their way outdoors on Sunday, July 29 and get their hands dirty as part of National Tree Day.
The campaign has spanned 22 years and lead to the planting of over 24 million trees, and Planet Ark is encouraging Australians to band together to plant a million more this year.
This year’s National Tree Day event is taking place at Emu Park Sport and Recreation Reserve in Hartley Street on Sunday July 29. Activities start from 9am – 12pm, with Ian Weigh Toyota also lending a hand and supplying a sausage sizzle on the day. Participants are advised to bring gloves, wear covered footwear, be Sun Safe and bring your best Aussie cheer!
The new Mobile Community Trailer will also be on hand for participants to enjoy this year.
Committee Chair of Parks, Open Spaces and Environment, Councillor Tom Wyatt said National Tree Day is a fulfilling opportunity to connect with our local community, to do something good for our environment and experience the many benefits that come from spending time in nature.
“Existing research and feedback show participants feel healthier, happier and more connected to their communities by helping plant in and maintain their local green spaces,” Cr Wyatt said.
“It’s also fantastic to see local schools getting involved with the planting day on Friday, 27 July.”
Planet Ark Deputy CEO Rebecca Gilling said this year's Tree Day would also provide an opportunity for Australian Landcare and various community groups to get together and make a lasting difference in their communities.
“As always, we want to thank the councils, Landcare groups and everyday Australians whose contributions keep Australia’s natural environment flourishing. It’s a great example of the kind of practical, positive environmental change that Planet Ark asks Australians to make every day.”
In 2017, nearly a quarter of a million people took part in National Tree Day events, planting more than 900,000 trees, grasses and shrubs at over 3,000 sites around the country.
This year we'd love to see even more volunteers rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty to help preserve our environment for future generations to come.
To find out more visit www.treeday.planetark.org, call the National Tree Day Hotline on 1300 88 5000 or visit your local participating Toyota Australia Dealership.
Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/833736843489760/ for more event info on Facebook.