Community digs in on National Tree Planting Day

MORE than 350 people rolled up their sleeves and got their hands dirty for Cumberland City Council’s National Tree Planting Day last Sunday.

A total of 1000 new plants including 500 shrubs and grasses all native to Australia and the Cumberland Plains were planted at Lytton Street Park in Wentworthville.
Cumberland City Mayor Lisa Lake, councillors and community groups who attended the event also got involved in the free activities on the day including the planting demonstrations, encounters with reptiles at the animal show and enjoyed the burgers served up for all that attended.
National Tree Planting Day has been an important part of Council’s Environment Program for the past 10 years which helps deliver Council’s urban trees strategy.
Mayor Lisa Lake said she was pleased to see so many residents so involved in making Cumberland greener, cleaner and more liveable.
“It was a beautiful way to spend a Sunday morning with 350 people who are so committed to improving our natural environment. We’re very lucky to have a such an engaged diverse community that is passionate about preserving our local green spaces in Cumberland,” she said.
“We planted 1000 trees, shrubs and grasses all native to Australia and the Cumberland Plains. I’d like to extend a big thank you to everyone who came out and got involved in this fantastic event.”
National Tree Day was established in 1996 by Planet Ark and has grown into Australia’s largest community tree-planting and nature care event. The program is a call to action for all Australians to get their hands dirty and give back to their community. ​​​
National Tree Day Manager Simone Horder said said that National Tree Day is a celebration of trees and the many benefits they have in society from many different perspectives, such as health and wellbeing to environmental sustainability.
“This program aims to connect people with nature, and to inspire and educate our future generations on the importance trees play in society,” he said.