Take a shrub home

GROW: Mark National Tree Day by planting a free native shrub in your garden.
GROW: Mark National Tree Day by planting a free native shrub in your garden.

National Tree Day is coming to your garden this year.

To help celebrate the national day of tree planting this month, the Whyalla City Council is encouraging residents to grab a free native shrub to plant in their own garden.

Council is offering one native shrub for each person who comes down to the Whyalla Public Library carpark between 9am and 1pm on Saturday, July 28. That’s one free plant for everyone in your family that turns up.

Council garden crews have been busy planting at parks and reserves all around the city and it was decided the planting love should extend to everyone’s garden to make Whyalla even greener.

“Council crews have done a great job in planting trees and shrubs throughout the city and will continue to do so with an ongoing program,” Whyalla National Tree Day co-ordinator Jenny Barnes said.

“We thought it would be a great idea this year to let people make their own patch a little greener with some free plants.

“It is all in the spirit of National Tree Day and people will really be able to take ownership of it this year as they proudly watch their shrubs grow in their own front or back yard.”

Council staff will be on hand to hand out the free native shrubs and provide valuable information on the plants and where the best place would be to plant them in your own garden. It has been restricted to shrubs to eliminate the problems full-grown trees can cause if they are planted in the wrong spot near your home.

Not only will Council have about 500 native shrubs to hand out on the day with instruction leaflets, there will also be free hands-on activities for the kids in the library carpark.

Officers from Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management will be there to teach kids how to plant a native seed in a compostable pot while a crew from the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) will offer rock painting activities.

To complete the festival atmosphere the Whyalla Apex Club will be running a free sausage sizzle and the Mobile Coffee Café will be on site.

The plants are being sourced from the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden in Port Augusta.

Along with the 500 plants to be given away to the community, another 200 have been sourced for schools in Whyalla to plant in their grounds.