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National Tree Day is Australia's biggest community tree-planting event. Coordinated by Planet Ark, National Tree Day is a special day for all Australians to help out by planting and caring for native trees, shrubs and ground covers to improve the environment in which they live.
National Tree Day began in 1996 and since then more than 2.8 million people have planted over 17 million native trees and shrubs. It's a day to get your hands dirty to help the planet!
Wingecarribee Shire Council holds several smaller planting events at different times of the year, rather than on the actual National Tree Day, when it is more pleasant to be outdoors! We typically run these in early autumn, and are coordinated around our Bushcare and Rivercare sites. See below for dates and times for our next event and for information on past events.
A glorious autumn day was the back drop to our National Tree Day this year, with 33 enthusiastic volunteers and the Bushcare Team planting and watering 1250 native grasses and shrubs at Mount Alexandra Reserve, Welby. This planting was the main revegetation component of the Three Creeks Rehabilitation Project, funded by the NSW Environmental Trust, Council and South East Local Land Services.
Seed was collected and propagated by the Council Bushcare Team and community nursery volunteers who work one Saturday morning a month at the nursery.
The project (2017-2020) is about rehabilitating Gibbergunyah, Chinamans and Ironmines Creeks, which flow into the Nattai River, National Parks, and Sydney's drinking water supply. This urban/bushland interface is susceptible to degradation from weeds and inappropriate use of the bushland reserve, such as rubbish dumping.
The weeding and planting work has improved the habitat values of this part of the reserve. If you would like to volunteer at these types of events or more regularly with a Bushcare Group, get in touch with Council on 4868 0888.
The 2017 National Tree Day event was held on Saturday 21 October on the bank of the Wingecarribee River at Burradoo, just upstream of the Werrington St causeway and adjacent to the Bong Bong walking & cycle track. This site was cleared of woody and viny weeds by our Green Army team at the end of 2016 and then partially planted.
The focus of the planting was on native sedges, rushes, grasses and shrubs with a scattering of trees to link up with the remnant vegetation to provide riverbank stability and improve both habitat values and the amenity of the many people who use the Bong Bong track.
National Tree Day 2017 photo gallery (PDF 2.6 Mb)
The 2016 National Tree Day event was held on Saturday 22 October on upper Mittagong Creek, Bowral, just upstream of the 2015 site. The 31 volunteers who braved the wet conditions the threatening rain managed to plant, guard, and water 1,000 native plants and enjoyed a BBQ lunch.
The focus of the planting was on establishing a diverse ground cover of native sedges, rushes and clumping grasses with scattered shrubs to improve the habitat for water birds, and in particular, for the migratory Latham's Snipe which inhabits the site each summer. This will also help improve creek bank stability and improve downstream water quality.
Photo gallery National Tree Day Wingecarribee 2016 (PDF 1.3 Mb)
National Tree Day 2016 before & after photos (PDF 1.6 Mb)
Map of National Tree Day 2016 & Frensham 2016 sites (PDF 1.4 Mb)
The National Tree Day planting was held on upper Mittagong Creek, Bowral (between McDonald St and Bowral St) on Saturday 17 October with 60 volunteers participating and 2,000 native plants planted.
The native sedges, rushes and grasses planted will provide foraging and nesting habitat for water birds. This planting was also a trial to test how well the native sedges, rushes and grasses establish in the absence of tree guards and this will be compared to the 2016 planting which will use tree guards during the first year after planting. For more information about this trial see the 'Trialling a new approach' section at the following link:
Mittagong Creek Rehabilitation Project (internal link)
National Tree Day 2015 group photo (PDF 810 Kb)
This successful event attracted 48 volunteers who planted 1,000 plants in followed by a BBQ lunch cooked by the Moss Vale Lions Club. Volunteers were also presented with National Tree Day t-shirts, caps and bags by the local Toyota dealership.
National Tree Day 2014 site: before & after photos (PDF, 2.5 Mb)
Photo Gallery National Tree Day 2014 (PDF, 3.8 Mb)
National Tree Day 2014 Group Photo (PDF, 1.54 Mb)
For further information please contact Council's Environment Officer, Bushcare and Citizen Science on 4868 0888.