Green thumbs out in force to celebrate a belated National Tree Day

NATIONAL TREE DAY: volunteer Brian Reichelt and Northpoint Toyota's Tony Robinson.
NATIONAL TREE DAY: volunteer Brian Reichelt and Northpoint Toyota's Tony Robinson.

Port Augusta’s green thumbs were out in force yesterday, connecting with nature and making positive changes in the community. 

Over 100 plants found new homes at the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden during the belated National Tree Day commemorations.

The day is traditionally held in July, but Arid Lands Manager Natalie Munns said they couldn’t miss an opportunity to help the community get their hands dirty.

“Tony from Northpoint Toyota approached us to do it and it worked out really well,” she said.

“It’s a day to get the kids involved, so they can understand how important it is to be outside and also thinking about the environment.”

40 kids participated in the tree planting extravaganza, joining more than 3.8 million people who have planted countless trees since the National Tree Day started in 1996. 

“There were a lot of tourists around and being that it’s school holidays, it was just a good free activity for the kids to get involved in,” Natalie said.

“We had a family here from Sydney that were coming to our kids garden and they got right into it.

“Port Augusta Council were a big support on the day.”

Schools Tree Day and National Tree Day are Australia’s largest annual tree-planting and nature care events.

This is an initiative organised by Planet Ark in partnership with Toyota Australia and its Dealer Network which provides on-the-ground support at tree planting sites across Australia.

Existing research and feedback show participants feel healthier, happier and more connected to their communities by helping plant in, and maintain their local green spaces.