Burdekin’s National Tree Planting Day this weekend

Grab your gloves, slap on a hat, slop on some sunscreen and head down to Juru Walk at Plantation Park, Ayr, for the Burdekin’s National Tree Planting Day this Sunday (July 27) from 9am.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Bill Lowis said the day was not just about hard work as there would be a free barbecue and cold refreshments on offer for all volunteers.

“The weather is beautiful to be outside right now and by lending a hand volunteers are helping to protect one of the last remaining pockets of remnant vegetation in the Burdekin delta,” he said.

“Council employees have already prepared the holes for the trees so now it’s just a matter of planting the new trees.”

The Lower Burdekin Landcare Association will supply up to 1500 trees to be planted at the site including Moreton Bay Ash, Cabbage Tree Palm and Weeping Paperbark.

The National Tree Planting Day event will run from 9am to 11.30am at Plantation Park’s Juru Walk on Sunday, July 27.

Burdekin National Tree Planting Day volunteers will receive gloves, tools and the equipment needed to plant the trees as well as watering cans, buckets and drinking water.

Participants will need to bring covered shoes, a hat and a water bottle and it is recommended people also wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants for protection. Council also will have sunscreen and mosquito repellent available.

Council, Lower Burdekin Landcare, NQ Dry Tropics, Don West Toyota, Greening Australia and Planet Ark had joined forces to host the event.

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