National Tree Day: Events in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter

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It’s National Tree Day on Sunday 31 July and many local councils and organisations have organised tree planting projects.

National Tree Day

It’s a great opportunity for residents to connect with nature, do something for your local environment and experience the many benefits of spending time outdoors.

Since 1996, over 26 million trees have been planted by Australian volunteers since 1996 as part of the program and the plan is to get another million trees in the ground this year.

By planting trees, you can help cool the climate, provide homes for native wildlife, and make your community a better place to live.

National Tree Day

Schools Tree Day (July 29) and National Tree Day (July 31) are Australia’s largest annual tree-planting and nature care events, with plantings taking place across the country on the last weekend of July.

National Tree Day is an initiative organised by Planet Ark in partnership with major sponsor Toyota Australia and its Dealer Network. For more information and to find events in your local area, please visit treeday.planetark.org.

There are a number of local events happening for National Tree Day in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter which are suitable for families to participate in tree planting.

National Tree Day

Mayfield West

Join City of Newcastle and celebrate National Tree Day and 75 years of Lions Australia at our family friendly community planting event in Mayfield West. With your help, volunteers will plant 2,000 native trees and grasses to increase biodiversity and create a pocket of habitat for native fauna in a well-loved reserve. Please wear appropriate clothing (hat, covered shoes, long-sleeved shirt and long pants). Gloves, tools and equipment for planting will be provided. Gather together after the planting for a BBQ courtesy of Lions Australia Mayfield Waratah Blind and Vision Impaired, Inc. Includes vegetarian options. Register at https://treeday.planetark.org/site/10027049  or by calling 4974 2000

Shortland

Hunter Water is planning a community planting day along the banks of Crawchie Creek in Shortland on Sunday 31 July from 9am to 1pm. The site is on the Shortland WWTW site and is adjacent to the successful Landcare site along Crawchie Creek. Works at the site have been supported by a NSW Environment Trust grant, with the grant in its final year. The planting days will support the planting of additional native species along the creek line. Please bring a water bottle, wear long sleeves and pants, enclosed shoes and a hat. Drinking water, a BBQ, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, gloves and hand sanitiser will be provided on the day. Parking available on Bardia Rd and surrounding streets. Register at https://treeday.planetark.org/site/10026414.

Blackalls Park

Plant trees in Lake Macquarie on Sunday 31 July from 10am to 1pm. The project in Blackalls Park aims to increase urban canopy cover assist in the reduction of an urban heat island improve the visual amenity to improve local ecosystems by planting native species to support native wildlife. The site is the vacant block of land near Todd Oval and the Greenway. Corners of Fassifern Street and South Parade. Please bring your own gloves, hat, and other PPE equipment. Please bring tools for planting and spreading mulch. Closed shoes are a must. Register at https://treeday.planetark.org/site/10026430.

Redhead

Meet at Trees in Newcastle nursery at 119 Kalaroo Road Redhead for a tree planting session on Sunday 31 July from 9am to 12pm. They are located next to the Belmont Wetlands State Park operation site at the entrance to the Wetlands. Participants will then walk together into the Belmont Wetlands State Park to a key rehabilitation area to plant. This event is a fun day out for people young and less-young who want to take care of the places they love! We will be planting in an area that is part of a long-term project to rehabilitate areas of Belmont Wetlands State Park to create health, thriving native ecosystems and habitat for the plants and animals with whom we share the area. Come for the planting, stay for the warm conversations and BBQ. Please wear appropriate clothing (hat, covered shoes, long sleeved shirt and long pants and rain gear recommended). Tools and equipment for planting will be provided along with watering cans / buckets,drinking water and a BBQ. Register at https://treeday.planetark.org/site/10026691.

Thornton

Everyone is welcome on Sunday 31 July from 9am to 12pm for a community planting day at Somerset Drive, Thornton. Come and join Maitland City Council and plant 500 trees and shrubs from the Swamp Mahogany – Paperbark Forest vegetation community that is now extinct in the LGA to reintroduce it to the area while providing quality foraging habitat for a number of native fauna species They are providing tools for the planting event, and all participants will be given their own seedlings to start creating habitat for native birds in their backyard. Please wear enclosed shoes and a hat and bring your own pair of gloves, plenty of water and sunscreen. Register at https://treeday.planetark.org/site/10026972.

Rothbury

Please join the community for the Inaugural Huntlee Community National Tree Planting Day on the 31 July from 10am to 12pm. They will be planting out the riparian corridor along Ferry Parade in Huntlee to assist in the rehabilitation of the area. This will in turn improve the visual amenity and assist with habitat for wildlife and further improve water quality entering the riparian corridor. You will be required to bring along your own small garden spade, gloves, hat and enclosed footwear (highly recommend gum boots). All children must be supervised by a parent on this day. For everyone that would like to participate, please meet at the Huntlee Sales Office (33 Rigby Drive, North Rothbury) at 10am on the 31st of July 2022. Sausage sizzle and lunch will be provided post event. Register at https://treeday.planetark.org/site/10026446

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