Tree Day more popular than ever

Tree Day more popular than ever

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Three-year-old participant Julian Thomas. Photograph - Richard Polden.

More than 80 participants braved the brisk weather and took the Coffey Road Reserve, planting more than 2000 seedlings as part of National Tree Day.

The annual event was hosted by the region’s peak environmental support agency, Landcare SJ, which supplied participants with a variety of species, including Corymbia calophylla, Eucalyptus wandoo, Banksia menziesii and Hakea prostrate – all of which are beneficial to the area’s native black cockatoo population.

Participants were so enthusiastic, Landcare SJ executive officer Francis Smit said he had to get an additional 500 seedlings to plant on the day.

“It was a really good day,” he said.

“We had a great turnout and lots of young people taking part.

“We also planting 500 more seedlings than expected, which is a great result.

“What was nice to see was that, more so than other years, participants stayed back afterwards for a chat – it was a good social outing, too.”

After the two-hour planting session, participants took off their gloves and were treated to a well-earned morning tea courtesy of Landcare SJ.

The Coffey Road Reserve site, which was formerly an open field, has been transfored over the last decade through the hard work of Landcare SJ.

The organisation has managed to rectify issues including erosion and loose sand through strategic planting works.

For more information on upcoming events, visit landcaresj.com.au