Residents of the Southern Highlands will have an opportunity to make a difference to the local environment this Saturday 19 October at the National Tree Day Wingecarribee community planting event at the Moss Vale Gardens Park on Whites Creek.
National Tree Day is an annual event organised by Planet Ark with each region given the option of scheduling it to suit their local conditions.
Chair of Council’s Environment and Sustainability Committee, Councillor Larry Whipper encouraged volunteers to join the community workshop.
“Our local National Tree Day is a great way for community volunteers to make a positive contribution to the health of our waterways,” he said. “Not only does this re-vegetation work enrich the local wildlife habitat and increase the stability of the creek bank, but it also improves water quality downstream of the site.”
This year’s National Tree Day Wingecarribee comes on the back of a similar event held last year in Bowral’s Centennial Park.
“Last year’s results could not have been achieved without the fabulous efforts of our volunteers and this year we’re hoping for a similar turnout,” Councillor Whipper said.
Members of the community are invited to join volunteers from local Scout and Guides groups, school students, community groups, church groups and staff from Wingecarribee Shire Council this Saturday the 19 October from 8.30am to 12.30pm to help with the planting.
Volunteers are asked to wear sun-smart clothing and sturdy footwear – tools, gloves and sunscreen will be supplied.
A free BBQ lunch will be provided by the Moss Vale Lions Club following the planting.
Volunteers are requested to register for the Tree Day beforehand if possible to assist with catering. All volunteers are required to sign in at the registration table on arrival at the event.
“This year we’re hoping to plant some 1,100 native trees, shrubs and groundcovers in the park,” Councillor Whipper said. “We couldn’t have even dreamt of this target if it were not for the generous financial contribution of the Sydney Catchment Authority.”
This year’s National Tree Day Wingecarribee has been organised by the Moss Vale Landcare group and Wingecarribee Shire Council in partnership with Planet Ark.
Volunteers will be able to park at the end of Kennedy Close or Price Street, Moss Vale.
Further details can be found online at www.wsc.nsw.gov.au and following the links to Council’s community Events calendar or by phoning Council’s Natural Resource Officer on phone 4868 0772 or mobile 0418 424 524.