Help Make 2014 The Biggest Tree Day Ever
Author: Jess McCallum
Every year for National Tree Day and Schools Tree Day, Planet Ark and Toyota draw together hundreds of thousands of people at thousands of sites across the country to plant or care for trees and to get into nature. You can help make 2014 the biggest year ever.
There are so many reasons to get involved in Tree Day. As well as helping restore and care for the natural environment, research shows that activities like tree planting are good for health and wellbeing.
This year Schools Tree Day is Friday 25th July and National Tree Day is Sunday 27th July. To encourage you to register, we are giving you a chance to win a fantastic Vertical GreenWall Blanket, designed by long-term Tree Day ambassador Jamie Durie. We're also throwing in a $300 Bunnings voucher so you can buy all the plants and seeds you'll need to make the wall come to life!
How To Get Involved
Community site coordinators can be from councils, schools, national parks, Guides, Scouts, and land, nature-care and faith groups - basically anywhere that the coordinator is able to facilitate a planting with students, local resident, members of the congregation or the public. Tree Day is a great way to engage your community to create a positive and beneficial environmental activity.
Workplaces are becoming an increasingly important part of National Tree Day. Given that we spend so much of our lives at work getting involved in Tree Day is one way to increase your contact with nature and all the benefits that brings. Even if you don't have the space to run a planting site there are lots of ways to get involved. Check out our Workplace Activity Guide to find an option that works for you.
You can also organise a personal planting site at home with your family, friends and neighbours. This can be as simple as getting out into the backyard or balcony and getting your hands into the dirt or finding out whether your councils allows residents to take over the nature strip. Make sure you register any activities you do at home so they count in making 2014 the biggest year ever.
We hope you can join us.