Council pays thanks to National Tree Day volunteers

28 October, 2013Posted in: Environment, Events

Wingecarribee Shire Council has thanked the volunteers who attended last Saturday’s National Tree Day Wingecarribee and hailed the day a great success.

“It was very heartening to see so many people, especially the youth, give up their Saturday morning to plant native trees, shrubs and groundcovers along Whites Creek,” said Paul Marshall, Council’s Natural Resources Officer. “It was an especially great turn out given the smoke haze that enveloped the district.”

In total 53 volunteers turned up to the Whites Creek site to help plant over one thousand native plants.

In the space of four hours volunteers planted hundreds of groundcovers to help stabilise the creek banks from erosion, 70 trees and more than 300 shrubs. Species planted included Lomandra, Banksias, Bottle Brush, Paper barks, Tea trees, Hakeas and Wattles.

“I must pay a special thanks to the Scouts who were again out in force and who were joined by families with young children who each planted dozens of plants,” Mr Marshall added. “One seven year old girl was very pleased to have planted 63 plants by herself, and her father was even more proud of her efforts.”

Following the plantings a free BBQ lunch was provided by the Moss Vale Lions Club.

Wingecarribee’s National Tree Day planting event was a partnership project between Moss Vale Landcare, Wingecarribee Shire Council and the Sydney Catchment Authority and was organised under Planet Ark’s National Tree Day banner.

“At the end of the day, the plants were all tree guarded, mulched and watered,” Mr Marshall said. “The task now will be to keep them well watered until soaking rains fall in the district.”

For more information contact Council’s Natural Resources Officer on phone 4868 0772.