Locals get their hands dirty this National Tree Day

Locals get their hands dirty this National Tree Day

Over 120 volunteers came together to plant over 240 native shrubs and trees at Gladstone’s National Tree Day this month.

Bill Robertson Toyota Principal James Robertson said it was great to see so many families at Cashin Park, Tannum Sands, supporting Toyota Australia’s annual event on August 1.

“The livelihood of our world and its inhabitants depends on the health of our trees and forests, and there are a number of reasons we should plant trees,” he said.

“Trees clean the air we breathe, by absorbing harmful pollutants, and they also help prevent soil erosion and improve water quality.

“I’m sure everyone who planted trees at the event will now feel a special connection to Cashin Park as they watch the native garden grow over time.”

James said he would like to thank Gladstone Regional Council and Conservation Volunteers Australia for their continued involvement in the event, allowing planting to take place at local parks every year.

“Thanks also to Gladstone Wildlife Carers for bringing down some animals for us to cuddle, and the Creative Recycling Centre for having their recycled musical instruments at the event, and the EQIP students for showing the youngsters how to make some noise,” he said.

“We also must thank Cashin Park residents for allowing us to have a fun morning in their neighbourhood.”

National Tree Day, sponsored by Toyota Australia was co-founded in 1996 by Planet Ark and Olivia Newton-John.

It is Australia’s largest community tree-planting and nature protection event.

For more information visit www.treeday.planetark.org.

 

Native plants for your garden

–          Barklya syringifolia (Crown of Gold – Gladstone’s floral emblem)

–          Dianella caerulea (Blue Flax-lily)

–          Eustrephus latifolius (Wombat Berry)

–          Carissa ovata (Currant Bush)

–          Jasminum simplicifolium (Native Jasmine)