Last Sunday the 29th of July was National Tree Day, and we joined with partners Greening Australia and sponsor Evoenergy for a morning of tree planting at one of our New South Wales Environmental Trust funded Rivers of Carbon sites in Burra, New South Wales. It was very cold, but enthusiasm was high, with our site on the Burra Common an excellent place to raise awareness about how plants can protect waterways, boost biodiversity and provide shelter from the wind.
160 people braved the chilly conditions to plant a mix of trees, shrubs, sedges and grasses, on a site encompassing a large dam, creek and boggy flats. If I was to describe the day, it would be to say smiling faces, dirty hands, hardy plants, and even hardier people, who persisted till the whole site was planted, despite the wind chill factor steadily increasing.
Together, we planted 1600 trees, and it was a fantastic feeling to be out with people you had never met, but who shared your passion for protecting and restoring our shared landscapes. The following photos tell the story of the day…
It really was a terrific morning, and so exciting seeing our RoC Burra site transformed from an open site to one full of trees. This site is on the main road through Burra, so we plan to add signs and encourage people to walk amongst the plants as they grow, and enjoy watching the space change from being open and windblown to treed, sheltered and full of life.
Thank you to everyone involved in our day. If you want to learn more about our work with Rivers of Carbon – Burra bush, banks and biodiversity you can follow this link.