National Tree Day: Get gritty with Planet Ark

Green machine: Volunteers get planting on National Tree Day in Queensland. Photo: National Tree Day/Facebook.
Green machine: Volunteers get planting on National Tree Day in Queensland. Photo: National Tree Day/Facebook.

Planet Ark invites South Australians to get gritty by joining the country’s biggest nature care events, Schools Tree Day on July 28 and National Tree Day on July 30.

Last year more than 21,500 South Australians helped plant 61,600 trees across the state.

This year Unity College and South Primary School will hold events in Murray Bridge on Friday.

Mid Murray Landcare will be active at Cambrai on Sunday, as will the Scrub Huggers at Mannum and the Friends of the Coorong at Meningie. 

National Tree Day is an opportunity to do something good for the environment and experience the positive benefits associated with spending time in nature.

National Tree Day Manager Debbie Agnew said this year’s theme, “Be Inspired — It’s in Our Nature,” invites everyone to branch out and be inspired by our unique natural environment.

“Spending time in nature elevates the human spirit, and ignites our passion, inspiration, and creativity,” she said.

Research from Planet Ark repeatedly shows that spending time outdoors provides a range of health benefits, making people happier, healthier, and calmer.

A 2017 Planet Ark report also shows learning outdoors can help kids develop the crucial skills they will need to face major global challenges, like climate change, in the future: critical thinking and problem solving, resilience, and emotional intelligence.

“Spending time in nature elevates the human spirit, and ignites our passion, inspiration, and creativity,” Ms Agnew said.

“Australia has some of the most unique and beautiful natural environments in the world, and participating in National Tree Day in your community, school, workplace or backyard is a great way to connect with nature and do something really positive to support our environment.

Last year nearly 310,000 people took part at over 3,500 sites across the country, planting more than 1.1 million native trees, shrubs and grasses and helping to green their communities.

Participants can join a local site held in their community or even register to plant in their own backyard, courtyard or balcony garden.

  • For more information, visit: treeday.planetark.org or call 1300 88 5000.