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Get Outside and Grow!

Date: 21-Feb-13

Hands Planting Tree © Jess McCallum

"Get outside and grow!" is the word on the street this year for National Tree Day - Australia's biggest community tree planting and nature-care event. It's happening on and around Sunday 28th July, 2013 and we're so excited to tell you that this year, we're set to plant the 20 millionth seedling since Tree Day began way back in 1996. It's a huge milestone but we really need your help to do it! 

As subscribers to Aware, you'll know that research studies, from Australia and overseas, show there are significant personal benefits associated with spending time in nature and that contact with nature helps people grow and thrive. Hospital patients heal quicker when exposed to nature. Kids learn better when they can see trees from the classroom and green time fosters intellectual development, imagination, a love of nature and healthier growth. Adults de-stress and relax when spending time in tranquil green settings - so it really is a no-brainer in terms of getting involved.

How To Get Involved

This year there are more ways than ever to get involved in National Tree Day.

If you've been a National Tree Day Site Coordinator in the past, you'll definitely know the ropes. We'd love you to come on board and host an activity again this year so jump onto the National Tree Day website and register your site today. As you'd know, you can organise a site in your community at a sporting field, school, Scout or Guide Hall, place of worship, or even your workplace, and for council staff at a park or nature reserve.

If you're new to National Tree Day, we'd be thrilled to have you involved! To be a National Tree Day Site Coordinator, you don't need to know everything there is to know about planting as Planet Ark provides great ideas and assistance. By participating in National Tree Day you'll be joining thousands of individuals in making a difference, connecting people with nature, beautifying neighbourhoods and inspiring positive environmental change, so share the fun by encouraging your friends and family to get involved as well.

New this year is a way to green your own backyard and street. Individuals will now be able to organise a personal site at their home with their children, family, friends and neighbours. Personal sites can take place in your backyard or apartment block and along your nature strip or street (in accordance with council guidelines). It's a great opportunity to help something precious take root - grow a family tree, invite local birds into your yard, plant a vegie patch and green your street. We're calling on all Australians to help create nature where they live, learn, work and play.We'll keep you updated on how to get involved.

Where will your National Tree Day site be this year?

To find out more about coordinating a National Tree Day event, visit or call the National Tree Day Hotline on 1300 885 000.


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