The kids worked hard alongside the adults, planting, watering and mulching, but sometimes it was good to pause for a bit of fun – pictured (left to right) at the community tree planting in Mullumbimby last Sunday are Kye Hatton, Sean Pain, Gemma Hatton, Mariana Jenkins and Lincoln Papangamirri.
The kids worked hard alongside the adults, planting, watering and mulching, but sometimes it was good to pause for a bit of fun – pictured (left to right) at the community tree planting in Mullumbimby last Sunday are Kye Hatton, Sean Pain, Gemma Hatton, Mariana Jenkins and Lincoln Papangamirri.

Many hands make trees grow

By 11.15am all the trees were planted – that’s 1500 native rainforest trees in under two hours, put in the ground by 80 or so keen volunteers beside Mullumbimby Creek last Sunday morning at the town’s most ambitious community tree planting yet.
“We did it,” said Landcare organiser Dave Rawlins. “I didn’t expect to, thought we’d be coming back for weeks, but everyone just got in there and planted really quickly – we’re stoked.”
The day was a joint project of Brunswick Valley Landcare, Rainforest Rescue and the Madhima Gulgan Community Association.
Dave was happy to see new faces amongst those who had turned up to lend a hand, and with friends and family of the Madhima Gulgan team also joining in, it made for a great mix of people all working to look after the land.
The planting took place on the property of Malcolm and Jannine Murray, who had already trimmed back camphors and done fencing, and who will be responsible for maintenance.
“We would like to thank all these wonderful people who have turned out,” said Jannine. “It’s absolutely incredible – we’re overwhelmed.”
And Malcolm would like to invite everyone back when it has all grown up a bit, lush and strong, like the smaller planting done last year on another section of the property.

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