How to host a planting event for National Tree Day

How to host a planting event for National Tree Day

By Katie Loughran  May 22nd, 2024

National Tree Day isn’t just about planting trees, it's about nurturing the environment and fostering a connection with nature. Whether you’re planning to host an event at home, at school, or in your community, here are some steps to get you started.


Running an event at home

Transform your backyard into a green oasis by hosting a planting event at home. Gather your family, friends, and neighbours to join hands in making a positive impact on the environment. Begin by selecting an area in your backyard or garden that could benefit from some greenery. Whether it’s a flower bed, a patch of lawn, or a corner that needs sprucing up, every bit counts.  

You can plant native shrubs, flowers, or even create a bush tucker garden. Research native plant species that thrive in your region and contribute to local biodiversity. Your local nursery or garden centre can provide valuable advice on suitable plants for your area. Make it a fun and educational experience by involving children in the planting process and teaching them about the importance of caring for the environment. 

Running an event at school 

Schools play a pivotal role in educating future generations about environmental conservation. Hosting a planting event at your school can inspire students to become guardians of their environment. Start by selecting a suitable location on the school grounds for planting. Whether it’s a bare patch of land, a school bush tucker garden, or a designated nature play space, involve the students in the decision-making process. 

You can integrate the planting event into the curriculum by incorporating lessons on ecology, sustainability, and the importance of native plants. Encourage students to research local native species and their significance in the ecosystem. Invite parents, teachers, and community groups to participate in the event and support your school’s efforts towards environmental conservation. 

“The children are invested as they can see a direct purpose for planting the vegetation and they are linking the importance of caring for the environment and our native wildlife.”  Tara Pritchard, St John’s Primary School 

Running an event in your community  

Extend the spirit of National Tree Day beyond your home or school by organising a planting that your whole local community can be a part of. Identify areas in your neighbourhood that could benefit from restoration or greening initiatives. Whether it’s a park, a nature reserve or a roadside verge; just remember to seek permission from your council before planning any activities.  

Partner with local community groups, Landcare groups or your local council to maximise your event. Your local council or community nursery may provide assistance by supplying native seedlings, tools or other resources. Collaborate with local businesses and sponsors to sponsor your event. We recommend checking with your local Toyota dealership to see if they are available to support your Tree Day activity.  Remember, you don’t have to be planting just trees to get involved with National Tree Day - we encourage groups who are working on bush regeneration, coastal and dune care, and any other nature preservation activity to register a site for National Tree Day. Planet Ark recommends that you plant local natives so if you aren’t sure please contact your local council or community nursery for information on your area.  

By hosting a planting event, whether at home, school or in your community, you can contribute to the collective effort of creating a greener and more sustainable future for generations to come. For more information on ‘How to Host a Planting Event’ head to one of the pages below: 


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Katie Loughran

Katie has a broad experience in non-profit program management and communications. Outside of work, she finds joy in gardening, cooking, and hiking. With a passion for animals and environmental conservation, she often spends her weekends volunteering at her local dog shelter and participating in beach clean-ups. Katie's goal is to see 30 million trees planted for National Tree Day.

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