Looking At Landcare (3/8/2018) – Forbes National Tree Day at Wiradjuri Centre

Hi Landcarers

Central West Lachlan Landcare (CWLL) were pleased to partner with Forbes Shire Council, The Forbes Wiradjuri Dreaming Centre, Planet Ark and Toyota to run Forbes National Tree Day on Saturday, 28 July. 

For our third year of running Tree Day in Forbes, we were excited to have over 30 volunteers working on planting, staking, watering and mulching at the Wiradjuri Dreaming Centre in Forbes, located on the banks of Lake Forbes. This year’s planting will increase the aesthetics and ‘green space’ at the Cultural Centre.

The community also had the opportunity to check out the newly completed ‘Hub’ that has been built onsite, which will enable cultural workshops, meetings and many more exciting activities to take place on site. We look forward to seeing the future improvements on site and being able to be involved in future undertakings at the Hub. It was lovely to be working with the Dreaming Centre volunteers leading up to and during the event. They can cook a mean sausage!

As with any respectable National Tree Day Event, when the planting was complete, volunteers enjoyed a sausage sandwich and had a chance to catch up and reflect on the work completed, with approximately 100 trees and shrubs being planted, mulched and watered.

I am particularly grateful to Andrew Rawsthorne for volunteering his time to assist with site preparation Obviously the area was still dry, which required some reasonable preparation work to be undertaken prior to the event. We chose this year’s sites with close access to water to allow for the best possible chances of survival and follow up watering will be undertaken by the Dreaming Centre volunteers.

Toyota provide shirts and gloves for the day, which come in handy all year round, not just on National Tree Day!

A big thank you to all of our Volunteers who make National Tree Day possible. It is wonderful to join with over 300,000 people who take part in NTD all over Australia each year. I find that it isn’t just the satisfaction of planting that will beautify and provide habitat, but I enjoy being able to meet new people who obviously want to make a difference in our community. It is also lovely to catch up with NTD veterans who make it a yearly commitment.

If you have thought about joining us for National Tree Day each year and just never make it, follow what’s happening in our newsletter. Just go to our website and follow the links to register.

For more information about anything in this article, please contact Central West Lachlan Landcare on 02 6862 4914, cwllpo@hotmail.com, facebook or our website at centralwestlachlanlandcare.org

 Until next week, happy Landcaring!