Want to help plant shrubs and grasses at Tooan Tooan Creek?

MORE than 2000 trees will be planted on the Hillyard St side of Tooan Tooan Creek at Pialba as part of National Tree Day activities on July 28 from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

More than 60 volunteers took part in local activities last year and project co-ordinator Lee Carter is hoping to encourage even more people this year.

"We have more than 2000 shrubs and grasses to be planted including kangaroo grass," he said.

"This location is an important habitat for birds and other native animals.

"It's also a creek bank buffer and the native grasses and shrubs that we plant will help prevent further erosion.

"We'll also have a free sausage sizzle, tea and coffee and cool drinks on hand for everyone that signs on and plants a few trees.

"All you need is a positive attitude and a willingness to get your hands dirty - we'll provide the resources and the know-how."

What began as a seed of an idea has now blossomed into one of Australia's biggest community environment events.

Since the first National Tree Day in 1996, more than 2.5 million volunteers have planted 16 million native plants at locations right across the country.

Councillor for community George Seymour was part of the planting team last year and will take part again on Sunday, July 28.

"A year on and the results are right before our eyes," he said.

"A beautiful forest is taking shape where members of the community got together to plant saplings.

"It's really important that we put aside areas like this to preserve native habitats.

"Through initiatives like National Tree Day, the community is building a legacy for the future.

"And it's great to see people of all ages, and whole families, participating in this important day."

Volunteers will need to wear appropriate clothing such as a hat, covered shoes, long-sleeved shirt and long pants.

The following will be provided: gloves, tools and equipment for planting, watering cans, buckets, drinking water, refreshments and a barbecue lunch.

To register as a volunteer, phone Tina Raveneau on 4197 4644 or visit treeday.planetark.org/site/54192.

Fraser Coast councillor George Seymour and project co-ordinator Lee Carter look over the planting site ahead of National Tree Day on Sunday, July 28.
Fraser Coast councillor George Seymour and project co-ordinator Lee Carter look over the planting site ahead of National Tree Day on Sunday, July 28. Contributed


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