Whyalla City Council is calling on residents to roll up their sleeves, put on their gloves and lend a hand at this year’s National Tree Day event.

To be held on Sunday, July 30, this year’s event will take place at Stirling Reserve, on the corner of Stirling Drive and Cartledge Ave from 10am until 1pm.

Residents are invited to attend to help reach the council’s goal of planting 600 trees for the 2017 event, and can register their participation on the day at the designated registration tent at Stirling Reserve.

A free sausage sizzle and soft drink will be on offer to all volunteers on the day.

The aim of National Tree Day is to establish tree species endemic to the Whyalla region.

Specific species are planted to provide soil stabilisation and habitat requirements, such as nesting and roosting and a good source of food for the native fauna that are inhabiting the site.

The local Lions Club and Scouts are again rolling up their sleeves to join in the day, and will be planting their trees along the Lincoln Highway.

This year the council is hoping to build on the efforts from last year, aiming to plant up to 600 trees and shrubs.

Residents wishing to take part in the event are asked to bring a hat, spade, bucket, gloves and wear closed in shoes.

Trees that will be planted at this year’s designated National Tree Day site include various species of eucalypts, red flowering gums, sheoaks and native pines, all of which are endemic to this region.

Participation in National Tree Day is fun, community-focused and helps Australians to make a difference within their community and address important environmental issues like the loss of habitat for native wildlife, soil salinity, erosion and long-term carbon offsetting, as well as being good for individual and community health.

National Tree Day is a call-to-action for all Australians to get outside and grow, for their own health and that of the environment

Last year’s local National Tree Day event saw about 160 residents take part and 600 trees planted, with local community and school groups supporting the day with their involvement. 

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