Dig in for tree day

Dozens of high school students are getting their hands dirty for the environment.

They’re planting native trees, shrubs and grasses as part of National Schools Tree Day on 26 July, which this year carries the theme: ‘Be Inspired: It’s in our Nature.”

In Albury, most of the plantings will be conducted at council’s waste water treatment plant, ‘Waterview’. These plantings mark the beginning of a wide scale revegetation program that aims to restore the site to its natural state of box gum grassy woodland, providing habitat to birds and threatened species such as the squirrel glider.

A further 400 trees and shrubs will be planted during the Planet Ark community tree planting day on the Wagirra Trail at the corner of Waterview Road and the Riverina Highway, Splitters Creek, on Sunday 29 July.

These plantings will focus on creating important wetland habitat for native frogs and woodland birds.

AlburyCity Mayor Kevin Mack said tree planting offers great opportunities to learn how to care for the environment while creating connections with nature and the community.

“I urge everyone to come along, dig in and get your hands dirty, knowing you’re doing something positive for the environment, your community and our city,” he said.

National Tree Day is supported by Planet Ark. Over the past 20 years more than 22 million trees have been planted.