By Victoria Norris
Last month marked Australia’s 22nd National Tree Day, with local councils around the country hosting events to inspire and educate communities to reconnect with nature and care for their local environment. This year, I went along to my local tree planting session hosted by Pyrmont Ultimo Landcare at Wentworthville Park light rail station.
Pyrmont Ultimo Landcare have been working since 2008 to restore this area and “bring bush back to the city”. Thanks to volunteers and Landcare groups, this stretch of land is well on the way to becoming a bush oasis in the middle of the city.
We started the day bright and early on Sydney’s hottest July day on record, reaching 26 degrees in the middle of winter! Thanks to the beautiful weather, there was a great turnout of volunteers with 20 people choosing to forgo their Sunday morning sleep in to get their hands dirty planting trees. Pyrmont Ultimo Landcare organised the morning very well, supplying all the equipment we needed including gloves, shovels and watering cans. We were even provided with a home baked morning tea.
We had a great time planting a variety of native trees and plants and meeting some lovely people along the way. Because of the great turn out of volunteers, we finished planting 200 trees in an hour and a half!
National Tree Day is such a great initiative to make people more aware of the environment and the impact they can have on it.
Although this event happens only once a year, I think we should all try and get more involved with our local environment all year round. Not only did I enjoy making a real difference to my local area, but getting out in nature was a very relaxing way to spend my Sunday.
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