Looking At Landcare (26/7/2019) – National Tree Day is Finally Here!

Hi Landcarer’s

Well, it’s finally here….National Tree Day 2019! We kick off at 10am on Saturday and Sunday.

I have been pretty lucky to have two partners in crime this week, helping me to bring together preparations for National Tree Day activities in Forbes and Parkes this weekend.

Just when you think it couldn’t get better…..we changed the Forbes location and are thrilled to be working on a site just off Reymond Street, before the Iron Bridge.

The site is located next to the Forbes Riverside Community Garden. The Community Garden have graciously offered their facility for use during our National Tree Day event on Saturday. Usually on NTD we have the challenge of organising toilets and BBQ etc, but this year we have them right next door!

Just to make the day even more fabulous, we will be planting natives grown at the Nursery!

National Tree Day in Forbes is not possible without the support of Forbes Shire Council and we are pleased to once again be working with Council to bring the day together. A big thank you to Andrew Rawsthorne for his assistance. A Landcarer through and through.

The Parkes site is looking fabulous, we have mulch ready to go and a mix of local species to plant to provide more green corridors to this area which is actually within a Fuzzy Box (eucalyptus Conica) woodland community. Eucalyptus Conica is listed as an Endangered Ecological Community, so a wonderful contribution to the environment, but also planting local species as well!

A big thank you to Parkes Shire Council Environmental Officer Michael Chambers for the preparation on site.

Toyota, who are long time sponsors of National Tree Day, have got us covered with gloves and shirts.

So that we are safe on site, we need to ensure that all volunteers are wearing sturdy, protective shoes and of course, warmly dressed. The forecast is looking like a top of 17 degrees and with a chance of follow up rain on Monday and Tuesday.

We will be finishing off with a BBQ lunch at around 12pm which is a great chance to get to know other volunteers and, of course, take our yearly National Tree Day photo!

Did you know that this year Landcare Australia are celebrating a 30-year anniversary. Landcare has played a leading role in changing Australia’s approach to sustainable agricultural practices, environmental protection, land and water conservation, biodiversity and landscape restoration whilst connecting communities.

In recognition of the incredible work that has been achieved during the past three decades, Landcare Australia is curating a collection of stories that exemplify the Landcare ethos. These stories will be used across a number of special publications to showcase and share how Landcare has shaped Australia and why it is integral to our country’s future.

If you have a story about a Landcare project or person that has made or is making a difference to the environment and local community, let me know and I would be happy to follow it up.

For more information and to register, go to our website at centralwestlachlanlandcare.org, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @cwllandcare or go directly to the National Tree Day Website at http://www.planetark.org

Register for Forbes NTD here.

Register for Parkes NTD here.

Until next week, happy Landcaring.