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Published Friday 20 July 2018
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Join in a planting event on National Tree Day, Sunday 29 July

Whether you’re a gardening guru or simply a budding green thumb, Mitchell Shire residents are encouraged to roll up their sleeves and join a community planting event this Sunday on National Tree Day. National Tree Day is on Sunday 29 July and is Australia’s biggest nature care initiative. Council has supported the event since 2001, providing native plants, guards and stakes to community groups and schools, and coordinating planting events. This year, Council will fund 5000 native seedlings for three local community planting sites and 14 schools and kindergartens. Our libraries will also be joining in the tree planting spirit, with National Tree Day story time classes:

  • Broadford (Wednesday 1 August 11am)
  • Kilmore (Wednesday 1 August 9.30am)
  • Seymour (Friday 3 August 10.30am)
  • Wallan (Friday 3 August 10.30am)

All story time participants will receive a native plant for their garden. Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson encouraged the community to brave the cold and take part in a community planting event. “National Tree Day is such a fantastic initiative which has so many benefits for our environment and our community,” Cr Sanderson said. “We’re really proud to have supported this event for so long and, together with our community and wonderful community groups, have helped plant over 70,000 trees across our shire since 2001. “National Tree Day is an important way we can help ensure our environment continues to thrive and it’s also a really valuable event for our community members to get outdoors, get active and connect with one another.” Community planting events will be held at the following locations:

  • Goulburn River Walking Trail, Seymour (Sunday 29 July, 10am -12pm)
  • Grassy Street Reserve, Kilmore (Sunday 29 July, 10am -12pm)
  • Lions Club Gazebo, Wandong (Sunday 29 July, 9am-12.30pm)

South West Goulburn Landcare is also facilitating a large environmental planting on a property in Tallarook on 28-29 July. More information can be found on the Planet Ark website. Those attending National Tree Day events are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing, including gardening gloves, and bring their own hand spade. Register your interest at http://treeday.planetark.org/ or contact Council’s Environment Team on 5734 6200.