Creek to benefit from belated tree planting

BANGALOW Land and Rivercare is having a belated National Tree Day this Saturday to help restore a 1km section of Byron Creek.

Officially held last Sunday, National Tree Day is the country’s biggest community tree-planting and nature care event, which educates people about the benefits of tree planting, along with the associated environmental issues including loss of habitat for native wildlife, local provenance, salinity, erosion and long-term carbon offsetting.

Starting at 10am, Bangalow Land and Rivercare will focus its efforts on the riparian planting along Byron Creek at the sports fields, behind the cricket nets and roughly 200m from the car park near Snow’s Bridge.

“This spot has been under restoration since 2000 when a grant from the Olympic Landcare scheme was approved as part of greening the path of the torch,” spokesperson Elizabeth Gander said.

“Thousands of trees have been planted along this section to restore the native vegetation, improve water quality and stabilise the banks.”

Watering cans and buckets will be supplied, Elizabeth said, so people only have to bring gardening gloves and a digging tool.

Since National Tree Day began in 1996, more than 2.5 million volunteers have planted 16 million native trees, shrubs and grasses.

‘‘Recent research has shown that Aussie kids are spending less time outside,” Planet Ark spokesperson Rebecca Gilling said.

‘‘Last weekend’s National Tree Day provided a great opportunity for hundreds of thousands of volunteers in towns across Australia to get together, have fun, help the environment and contribute to a legacy for future generations.”

As well as planting new native trees and shrubs, volunteers also visited former National Tree Day sites to undertake important maintenance on previous planting projects.

Visit www.bangalowlandcare.org.au or phone Elizabeth on 6687 1309 for information.


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