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Join in National Tree Day with planting events and quirky activities

7 July 2017

Yoga classes and children’s story time sessions are among the different ways Mitchell Shire Council is branching out to celebrate National Tree Day this year.

As well as hosting traditional tree planting events at reserves, parks and local schools, Council’s leisure centres, libraries and youth centres have joined in the National Tree Day action.

Council has supported the initiative since 2001, providing over 70,000 native plants, as well as guards and stakes, to community groups and schools.

Council will this year provide 4000 native seedlings, stakes and guards to eight community planting sites and 10 local schools, while there will also be special National Tree Day yoga sessions at the leisure centres, story time at the libraries and gardening and planting activities at the youth centres.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said National Tree Day, held on Sunday 30 July, was the country’s biggest nature care initiative.

“National Tree Day is a wonderful event and one that Council is proud to be associated with each year,” Cr Sanderson said.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for you to do something positive for your community and your environment. It also gives people the chance to get out in the fresh air and reconnect with nature.

“We know how much the community values the natural environment from the conversations we had when developing our Council Plan and supporting events such as National Tree Day is one of our actions in the plan.”

Community planting events will be held at the following locations:

· Light Horse Memorial Park, Seymour (Saturday 29 July, 10am-noon).

· Kilmore Creek, Kilmore (Sunday 30 July, 10am-noon).

· Chittick Park, Seymour (Sunday 30 July, 10am-noon).

· Wandong Memorial Park, Wandong (Sunday 30 July, 9am-noon).

· Kilmore East Recreation Reserve, Kilmore East (Sunday 13 August, 3-4pm).

· Wallan Community Park and Taylors Creek, Wallan (date to be confirmed).

National Tree Day yoga will be held at Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre on Monday 24 July at 10.30am and Kilmore Leisure Centre on Tuesday 25 July at 10.15am and Sunday 30 July at 8.15am.

National Tree Day story time will be held on Wednesday 26 July at Kilmore Library (9.30am) and Broadford Library (11am) and on Friday 28 July at Seymour Library and Wallan Library (both 10.30am).

A native garden plant will be given to each yoga and story time participant.

Meanwhile, a gardening activity will be held at Broadford Youth Centre on Monday 24 July at 4pm and there will be a planting in the Community Garden at Wallan Youth Room on Wednesday 26 July at 4pm.

Those volunteering at planting events are asked to bring gardening gloves and a hand spade and register their interest HERE.  

For more information, please contact Council’s Environment Unit on (03) 5734 6200.