The local environment can breathe easier as community plants 2800 new trees
  • Wednesday 03 August 2016

Thanks to the efforts of 176 community volunteers digging in for National Tree Day, more than 2800 trees were planted over the weekend at Little Mountain and Twin Waters.

Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said council wished to sincerely thank everyone who came along to the tree planting events and made a difference to our local environment.

“National Tree Day, held at the end of July each year, is a fulfilling opportunity to do something good for the environment and benefit from positive health and wellbeing outcomes,” Cr McKay said. 

"We were very proud to see so much support from our local community turning up in force on Sunday, July 31 to celebrate 21 years of the country’s largest community tree planting event, organised by Planet Ark. 

“Nearly 3000 new trees is a terrific contribution to our region and its environmental sustainability.

“Across the country, around 300,000 people took part at more than 3200 sites run by councils, schools, environment and community groups and Toyota Dealers, planting 1.1 million native trees, shrubs and edibles and helping to beautify urban areas. 

“Planet Ark’s latest research shows that spending time in nature has medically and scientifically beneficial effects that enable people to grow healthier, happier, brighter, calmer and closer, so what’s to lose? 

“If you are interested to help our local environment at any time of the year, visit council’s website for details on a range of conservation opportunities.”