Green thumbs wanted on National Tree Day

National Tree Day

The countdown is on until National Tree Day this Sunday.

Roll up your sleeves to help us plant 1,000 native trees, shrubs, grasses and groundcovers at Challenger Street Wetland Reserve in Diamond Creek as part of an ongoing revegetation project to improve water quality and enhance habitat value.

National Tree Day is Australia’s largest annual tree-planting and nature care event, with plantings taking place across the country. More than 26 million trees have been planted by more than five million volunteers across Australia since 1996 as part of National Tree Day.

The planting event, in its 11th year at the wetlands, will help further enhance the Diamond Creek habitat corridor that connects Kinglake National Park with the Yarra River, where 10,000 indigenous plants have been planted over the past decade.

The indigenous plants are sourced from the nursery at Edendale Community Environment Farm.

Nillumbik Mayor Ben Ramcharan encouraged everyone to get involved.

“Dig in for an environmentally-friendly, fun family morning, which will provide new homes for local wildlife, and make our leafy community better for everyone who lives, works and plays here,” said Cr Ramcharan.

“Council has committed over $120,000 in this year’s budget to expand our environmental volunteering programs so this is only the start and there will be plenty more opportunities to get involved. Keep an eye out for more opportunities.”

The planting event will be followed by a barbecue with the support of Rotary Club of Eltham and Diamond Creek Men’s Shed.

Join us at Challenger St Wetlands at 50 Challenger Street, Diamond Creek on Sunday 30 July from 10am – 12pm, with a barbeque from 12-1pm.

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