Get your hands dirty at this year’s National Tree Day

Burdekin residents are being encouraged to get their hands dirty and help plant trees for National Tree Day at Plantation Park on Sunday.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Council was happy to be a part of the project and provided funds toward the purchase of trees.

“These trees will be planted by school children in Plantation Park on Friday and community volunteers will focus on sections along Juru Walk on Sunday,” she said.

“Council’s Parks and Gardens team will dig holes earlier in the week and supply mulch to be spread around the young trees.

“This is a great opportunity for our residents to come along and help our environment.

“National Tree Day, which this year is themed Grow more – just add nature, plays an important part in reinstating Plantation Creek back to its former state as a dry tropics rainforest.

“Plantation Park is one of our Shire’s main green areas and Council wants to ensure the park and Juru Walk are of a standard for both residents and visitors to enjoy.

“Those who do come along on Sunday will be rewarded with a free barbecue and free drinks.”

The Burdekin National Tree Day event will run from 9am to 11.30am at Plantation Park’s Juru Walk on Sunday, July 31.

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. Council also will have sunscreen and mosquito repellent available.

Burdekin Shire Council, Lower Burdekin Landcare, Don West Toyota and Planet Ark have joined forces to host the event.

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