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Take Tree Day Home With You

Date: 25-Jun-13

National Tree Day - Mum and kids © Jess McCallum

This year, you can take National Tree Day home! For the first time in the campaign's 18-year history, National Tree Day sites will be popping up in communities nationwide as well as in backyards, balconies and nature strips as the number of ways you can participate grows.

Why participate?

People are spending more and more time inside, disconnected from the natural world. Fact. But did you know research studies from Australia and overseas show there are significant personal benefits associated with spending time in nature? Hospital patients heal quicker when exposed to nature, children learn better when they can see trees from the classroom, and green time fosters intellectual development, imagination, a love of nature and healthier growth. And what about you? Do you feel yourself de-stressing and relaxing when spending time in tranquil green settings? That's because just like kids, adults benefit greatly from being outside too. So what better way to honour your health and the planet than by participating in National Tree Day?

What's more, by registering a National Tree Day planting activity with Planet Ark before August 15, you will go into the draw to win a luxurious getaway for two at the Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa in the Blue Mountains. Awarded as Australia's most environmentally responsible tourist destination and the first certified carbon-neutral resort, the prize is an absolute treat, valued at nearly $4,000, and is our way of saying thanks.

Make it an event

Take the opportunity to beautify your backyard and get your friends and family together for National Tree Day. Host a barbecue and tree-planting event so you and your nearest and dearest benefit from the time outside in contact with nature. If you're planning on planting on your street verge or nature strip, don't forget to get in touch with your local council and chat to them beforehand. They'll be able to tell you what you're permitted to plant in these areas.

So what do you fancy? A flowering flame tree or a lovely looking lilly pilly? Whatever you choose, it can be part of our campaign to Get Outside and Grow for National Tree Day on Sunday 28th July. Register today!

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