Community tree planting event a success

More than 30 people have pulled on their gardening gloves for a community tree planting event in the Burdekin.

Sunday 30 July was National Tree Day and to mark the occasion, residents joined forces to plant hundreds of native trees at Morratt’s Pit, on Beach Road.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Council hosted the event in conjunction with Lower Burdekin Landcare Association.

“It was the biggest turnout we’ve seen in years and as a result, over 300 trees were planted, bagged, mulched and watered in record time,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“I’d like to thank everyone who volunteered their time to help make the day a success.

“What a difference they have made. As well as improving the visual amenity of the area, the trees will play a role in improving the water table, preventing nutrients from entering nearby waterways and keeping weeds in check.”

In attendance were volunteers from Ayr Police, the Endeavour Foundation, Burdekin Water Festival, Council and Lower Burdekin Landcare, along with members of the public.

“Special mention goes to all the children who not only participated but really got into it and took charge with planting and watering the trees. It’s wonderful to see our youngest residents take an active interest in the environment,” Cr McLaughlin said.

The participants were rewarded for their efforts with a barbecue lunch and refreshments.

Planet Ark estimates over 250,000 people took part in National Tree Day at over 2,500 planting sites across the country, planting 1.1 million native trees, shrubs and edibles and helping to beautify their local communities.

For further information please visit Council’s website or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

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