IT'S time for Tamworth green thumbs to get their hands dirty with Planet Ark's National Tree Day tomorrow, July 31. Tamworth Urban Landcare Group (TULG) and Planet Ark are inviting residents to get into nature and grow with tree planting on the Peel River behind Tamworth Skate Park on Peel St from 9am.
"TULG are pleased to sponsor a tree planting site and everyone is invited to join in, any time between 9am and 12.30pm," TULG president Paul Moxon said.
"National Tree Day is the perfect opportunity to connect with nature and the local community. This is our eighth year of hosting National Tree Day's in Tamworth and we are proud of our record of planting over 200 trees every year."
Planet Ark is celebrating 21 years of planting trees and urging Australians to volunteer to do some tree planting and nature care activities in their local area.
"It is a great family activity which is fun and teaches children about the responsibility of caring for our environment," Mr Moxon said.
TULG will be supplying the plants, tools, gloves, instructions and will be putting on a special morning tea for all that turn up. Participants should wear sturdy shoes, long sleeves and pants. Many groups, including a number of local schools, got in early and have already held tree planting days across the region.
Since 1996, National Tree Day and Schools Tree Day have been responsible for planting well over 23 million trees, plants and edibles with 3.8 million Australian’s donating their time throughout the years. In 2015 alone, more than 300,000 Australians pitched in across some 3,600 sites with over 1.2 million plants added to local communities.
“To see National Tree Day reach its 21 very exciting. For more than two decades, Australians have stood behind the initiative and made a real contribution to the health of their local communities and the environment,” Debbie Agnew, spokesperson for Planet Ark said.
To find out more about National Tree Day or register, go to treeday.planetark.org/site/10013146.