Help Council and Landcare plant 500 trees and shrubs for National Tree Day

8 July 2015

Queanbeyan City Council and Queanbeyan Landcare are inviting the community to help plant 500 native trees and shrubs in Bicentennial Park on 26 July to celebrate the 20th anniversary of National Tree Day.

Council and Queanbeyan Landcare will be teaming up to promote awareness and understanding of the natural attributes within the Queanbeyan community, specifically the Bicentennial Park area. The plantings will also aim to reduce weed infestations by encouraging the spread of native grasses and grassland species.

"Bicentennial Park is one of the jewels in Queanbeyan's crown and the planting of an additional 500 trees and shrubs on National Tree Day will further add to the beauty of the area," Queanbeyan Mayor, Cr Tim Overall said.

“This special anniversary of National Tree Day is a timely opportunity to connect with the community, reflect on what’s been achieved through plantings in our neighbourhood and continue to care for our local environment."

In the past two years, Council and Queanbeyan Landcare have planted approximately 1000 trees for National Tree Day with plantings undertaken at The Scar and Buttles Creek. Council has also donated 50 plants per year to each local school.

"Council has made a very strong commitment to the planting of new trees and shrubs around Queanbeyan with the City of 10,000 Trees Program well underway," Cr Overall said. "Since that program started in 2009, Council has planted in excess of 8000 new trees and shrubs in Queanbeyan."

National Tree Day is Australia’s largest tree-planting and nature care event. Each year over 200,000 people take part in events at 3,000 sites across the country. Since Planet Ark launched National Tree Day in 1996, more than three million participants have planted 21 million native trees, shrubs and grasses.

National Tree Day is a fun, community-focused event for all ages with a great opportunity to do something positive for the local environment and for residents to “Get into Nature” to help the local Queanbeyan community plant native trees.

Community members are encouraged to come along to Bicentennial Park (carpark on Crest Park Parade) on 26 July at 9.30am. A free barbecue lunch will be provided. For further information, visit http://treeday.planetark.org/site/10009550 to register for the event.