Help celebrate National Tree Day this Sunday

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Calling all green thumbs! The Rockhampton Regional Council is inviting you to roll up your sleeves and join in at a National Tree Day event this Sunday, 28 July.

Parks Committee Chair Councillor Cherie Rutherford said that the national event is a great opportunity to enjoy a lovely Sunday outside, and make a positive mark on the community.

“National Tree Day is Australia’s largest community tree planting and nature protection event, and it’s a day I know many people in the Rockhampton Region look forward to every year,” said Cr Rutherford.

“This Sunday we’re expecting hundreds of people to turn up and get involved across the three planting events Council is hosting, and we have lots of native plants ready to put down their roots.

“We’ll be planting at Remembrance Park in Gracemere, Frenchville Walking Track in North Rockhampton, and at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens along Murray Lagoon.

“The community plantings are always wonderful events, and it’s fantastic to see so many people getting out, enjoying the outdoors, and giving back to their community.

“A number of schools across the region will also be hosting their own National Tree Day celebrations today.

“Local schools are a massive part of National Tree Day, and Council is proud to supply the plants for their events.

Council’s Environment Spokesperson Councillor Drew Wickerson said there are many benefits to National Tree Day.

“National Tree Day first started in 1996, and over the years since then we have seen how positive this event is.

“At both the Frenchville walking track and Remembrance Park we’ll be continuing work from previous years, so participants will be able to see the lasting positive impact they can have.

“National Tree Day is not only an opportunity to get out help green our region alongside other members of the community, it’s also a chance to improve the habitat for our local native wildlife, and benefit our area for years to come.

“We are very excited for another successful National Tree Day this Sunday.”

The National Tree Day planting events being held in the Rockhampton Region include:

· Remembrance Park in Gracemere from 9am to 11am: https://www.facebook.com/events/489134025179953/

· Frenchville Road walking track in North Rockhampton from 9am to 11am: https://www.facebook.com/events/2389384904632743/

· Murray Lagoon at the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens from 9am to 11am: https://www.facebook.com/events/2367361786872628/

Please wear appropriate clothing (hat, covered shoes, long sleeved shirt and long pants recommended).

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