Thanks a Million Australia
Here at Planet Ark, we’re busily collating the National Tree Day results and things are looking good!
To date the evaluation shows that more than one million native trees, shrubs and grasses were planted at over 2,800 Tree Day sites across the country – and there are still some late plantings going on.
Thanks and well done to all the wonderful National Tree Day and Schools Tree Day site coordinators who made the events happen, and to the thousands of volunteers who got their hands dirty to help green up Australia. Sites were organised by schools, councils, environment groups, community groups, businesses, Toyota Dealers, sporting clubs, faith groups and private landholders.
The events were as diverse as the groups who organised them. They ranged from an event organised by a south east Queensland primary school where two native trees were planted to commemorate local serviceman who died in the First World War, right through to a number of mega-sites in Western Australia and Victoria at which more than 70,000 trees, shrubs and grasses were planted. The capital cities all saw lots of sites, including the joint Planet Ark and City of Sydney site at Sydney Park where more than 250 volunteers planted about 4,000 native plants around one of the park’s key wetlands.
The environmental benefits of Tree Day events were also diverse. Most Tree Day activities aimed to create and extend wildlife corridors and native animal habitat, improve rivers, wetlands and waterways, or renew urban areas. But activities were also undertaken to help save threatened species, improve national parks and reserves, rehabilitate coastal areas and beaches, repair bushland affected by fires and restore rainforest sites.
While tree planting was the most popular Tree Day activity, a wide range of other activities were held, including bush regeneration, work at community gardens, community talks and bushwalks and classroom activities.
Visit the Tree Day website to find out more about Tree Day and view photos from some of this year’s events in the Photo Gallery. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to organise your own Tree Day event in 2012!
Remember, every day is Tree Day!
You can keep the spirit of National Tree Day alive all year round by visiting the Tree Day site you’ve volunteered at in the past to see the results of your hard work, taking your kids to a local park to climb trees and reconnect with nature, or volunteering on a regular basis with your local landcare, bushcare or other environment group.
And finally, thanks to Toyota who have been our partners in National Tree Day for the past 12 years. Their support makes this great event happen.
Life is Better with Trees!