Planting the seed

PLANTING: Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula officer, Kate Brocklehurst will be planting trees for Planet ark s National Tree Day at the industrial estate on Arthur Glennie Drive on Sunday, July 27.

PLANTING: Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula officer, Kate Brocklehurst will be planting trees for Planet ark s National Tree Day at the industrial estate on Arthur Glennie Drive on Sunday, July 27.

Whyalla City Council and Planet Ark are inviting Whyalla residents to get outside and plant the seed for Planet Ark's National Tree Day.

Executive assistant, engineering and infrastructure Jo-anne McGrath said the council was inviting all residents in Whyalla to "connect with nature" by participating in National Tree Day.

"It's simple, fun and has great environmental and health benefits for our community," she said.

Mrs McGrath said this year the industrial estate was chosen, to beautify the area and make use of the water supplied by Electanet.

She said the aim of National Tree Day at the Whyalla industrial estate was to re-establish tree species endemic to the Whyalla region.

"Specific species are planted to provide soil stabilisation and habitat requirements, such as food, nesting and roosting for the native fauna that are utilising the site," Mrs McGrath said.

"Tree genera that will be planted at National Tree Day 2014 include callitris, melaleuca, casuarina, eucalyptus, hakea, acacia, allocasuarina, senna, eremophila and pittosporum.

"National Tree Day is a call-to-action for all Australians to get outside and grow, for their own health and that of the environment."

Technical officer engineering and infrastructure Shiree Daum said in addition to attending the event, residents could also plant trees in their own backyards, courtyard gardens, balconies or green spaces.

National Tree Day is Australia's largest tree-planting and nature care event.

Each year more than 200,000 people take part in National Tree Day events at thousands of sites organised by councils, schools, businesses and communities.

Participation in National Tree Day is community-focused and aims to help Australians make a difference within their community and address important environmental issues.

Some of these issues include loss of habitat for native wildlife, soil salinity, erosion and long-term carbon offsetting, as well as being good for individual and community health.

The local National Tree Day event will take place at the industrial estate, on Arthur Glennie Drive on July 27, with activities beginning at 10am and running until 1pm.

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