Burdekin Shire Council has taken the hard work out of this weekend’s National Tree Day by digging the holes for about 500 trees.
Burdekin Shire Mayor Bill Lowis said this year’s event would mark the 20th anniversary of the environmental campaign.
“Council’s Parks and Gardens team have already dug the holes for the trees, so all the really hard work has been done,” he said.
“It’s now up to our residents to turn up on Sunday and give us a hand to plant these trees.
“Our schools will plants trees on Friday and our community event is being held on Sunday from 9am till 11.30am.
“Those who do come along on Sunday will be rewarded with a free barbecue and free drinks.”
National Tree Day is Australia’s largest tree-planting and nature care event. Each year more than 300,000 people take part in National Tree Day events at 3000 sites organised by councils, schools, businesses, communities and Toyota Dealers across the country. Since Planet Ark launched National Tree Day in 1996, more than three million participants have planted 21 million native trees, shrubs and grasses.
This year National Tree Day’s theme, “You Can Grow So Much”, focuses on the wealth of opportunities engaging with nature brings to individuals, communities and the environment.
Burdekin National Tree 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.
The Burdekin National Tree Day event will run from 9am to 11.30am at Plantation Park’s Juru Walk on Sunday, July 26.