From little things big things grow

Last week, everyone from individuals and school groups to community groups and local government agencies, all rolled up their sleeves to plant thousands of trees across the NACC NRM Region for National Tree Day.

NACC provided supported for a number of groups through small grants that helped them cover the cost of their National Tree Day events taking place over 29 and 31 July 2016.

The local schools, community groups and government agencies that NACC supported to participate in National Tree Day 2016 include:

  • Chapman Valley Primary School
  • Cervantes Primary School and Cervantes Coastal Care
  • Eneabba Primary School
  • Geraldton Primary School
  • Waggrakine Primary School
  • Kalannie Primary School
  • Jurien Bay Regional Herbarium Group
  • Friends of Point Moore Incorporated
  • City of Greater Geraldton
  • Shire of Perenjori

This year National Tree Day celebrated its 20th birthday – an initiative from Planet Ark which started in 1996. The Tree Day is an opportunity for community groups and local schools to do something positive for their local environment and community and to reconnect with the nature.

NACC Regional Landcare Facilitator Stanley Yokwe said he was encouraged by the enthusiasm and positive responses from the local community and schools to take part at these exciting nationwide tree planting events.

NACC Coastal and Marine Project Officer Hamish Longbottom said the plantings that took place along the regions coastline were so critically important.

“They will contribute to the mainbrace of our coastal dune system. It is literally our last line of defence against the power of the ocean.”

“Not only do dunes buffer our coastal towns from windblown sand, rising sea levels and salt spray they are also home to a variety of wildlife including birds, mammals, reptiles, insects and other invertebrates” he said.

NACC’s support for the events was made possible by funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

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