Pen downs, sleeves up!

P1030401Five primary schools and three community groups will be rolling up their sleeves to plant about 1,600 trees across the region for National Tree Day this year.

NACC is supporting the eight groups through small grants of up to $1000 each to help them cover the cost of their National Tree Day events taking place over 29 and 31 July 2016.

The local schools and community groups participating in the event include:

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

This year celebrates 20 years of National Tree Day – 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, who is overseeing the funded tree planting events, said he was encouraged by the enthusiasm and positive responses from the local community and schools to take part at this exciting nationwide tree planting events.

“Our nation is facing a lot of challenges from climate change to land degradation problems – by planting trees in our local environment – it will not only help us create a permanent groundcover and reduce the impact of climate change, but will also help people to connect with each other and have fun,” He said.

The small grants are supported by NACC, through funding from the Australian Government‘s National Landcare Programme.

For more information about the National Tree Day, please contact NACC Regional Landcare Facilitator Stanley Yokwe at Stanley.Yokwe@nacc.com.au or visit http://treeday.planetark.org/

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