More than 4000 seedlings to be planted as part of National Tree Day events

Published: 27 Jul 2016 8:58am

More than 4000 seedlings will be planted across the Wagga region as part of the National Tree Day initiative in 2016.

Residents can get involved at the community event on 31 July at 211 East Bomen Road (off Byrnes Road) where 1400 seedlings will be planted.

Twenty-seven schools and preschools across the city and villages will take part in Schools National Tree Day on 29 July, with 2680 seedlings and guards provided for free by the City of Wagga Wagga.

"We're looking for as many people as possible to come and get their hands dirty and help us at the community event," Council's Environmental Education Officer Alice Kent said.

"By planting native species we aim to promote biodiversity, help manage urban salinity and contribute to a healthy environment.

"These new seedlings will provide habitat and food sources for local fauna, including squirrel gliders, Superb Parrots and Possums."

While thousands of new seedlings will be great for the local environment, new research has found that those who lend a hand may get a boost to their health.

The Adding Trees: A Prescription for Health, Happiness and Fulfilment report commissioned by Planet Ark discovered that spending time outside reduced your chance of developing a range of diseases.

Just 10 minutes in the outdoors can reduce blood pressure, while getting out in nature can also triple your chances of a good night's sleep.

"If you want to beautify our city, help the environment and also improve your wellbeing, then grab your gumboots and gardening gloves and take part in the community planting," Miss Kent said.

"We've got 1400 seedlings – including native trees, shrubs and groundcovers – to plant at our site on East Bomen Road.

"Volunteers will be able to see the difference they've made to our city as they watch those seedlings grow bigger and bigger in the years to come."

Volunteers are asked to wear enclosed footwear, sun protection and bring along wet weather gear and a pair of gardening gloves.

A free sausage sizzle will be held for all volunteers and they will also receive a seedling to take home.

For more information, contact Alice Kent on 1300 292 442.

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Schools National Tree Day, Friday 29 July

  • The Riverina Anglican College will be planting 685 seedlings between 11.30am to 12.30pm
  • Contact on the day: Trevor Dawson on 6933 1811

National Tree Day, Sunday 31 July

  • 1400 seedlings will be planted at 211 East Bomen Road from 10am to noon as part of the community event
  • Contact on the day: Alice Kent on 0428 606 933