Tree day giveaway

FLORA: Parks and Open Spaces Officer Kane Boss with the delivery of this years giveaway shrubs
FLORA: Parks and Open Spaces Officer Kane Boss with the delivery of this years giveaway shrubs

After the success of last year's free plant giveaway, the Whyalla City Council is planning to back it up at this month's National Tree Day with even more plants to give away.

This year Council is upping the ante by providing more plants to give away.

There will be 10 plants given to each school and kindy to support the Schools National Tree Day on Friday, July 26 and approximately 600 plants will be handed out to the public at Council's event on Saturday, July 27.

To help celebrate National Tree Day Council is encouraging residents to attend the Saturday event from 9am - 1pm in the Library carpark (Ekblom St side) to receive their one free native shrub in this year's give away.

There will be free kids activities like planting seeds in pots, a free sausage sizzle provided by Apex and the mobile coffee van will be serving up half-priced coffee.

National Tree Day Coordinator Jenny Barnes said the success of last year's giveaway is only going to make this event and future National Tree Days in Whyalla even stronger.

"We thought it would be a great idea last year to let people make their own patch a little greener, now we are increasing the number of plants we are giving away year because it was so successful last year," she said.

"It is all in the spirit of National Tree Day and people will really be able to take ownership of it again this year as they proudly watch their shrubs grow in their own front or back yard or even alongside last year's shrub.

"Come along and pick up a free native plant of your very own to take home and love, then watch it grow over the years to become bigger and better and serve as encouragement to always care for the environment."

National Tree Day is an opportunity to protect and give back to the local environment in which we all share while also having fun and getting out in nature.

it is also a chance to recognise the hard work of communities around Australia and celebrate their ongoing commitment to the environment.

"We will have around 600 free plants to give away to community members on a first-in best-dressed basis, so make sure to head down to the library and grab a plant of your own to take home," Jenny said.

"Council is also really keen to involve and educate the next generation, so we approached every school and kindy in Whyalla and offered them free plants for their schoolyards. This initiative has been really successful and we are giving out around 250 plants to local schools.

"This year's National Tree Day theme focuses on the importance of greening Australia and beautifying our communities. We are supporting this theme, and connecting with and giving back to our community at the same time so it's a win for everyone."

It's all happening on Saturday 27 July from 9am - 1pm in the Library carpark (Ekblom St side). Don't miss out on your free plant this National Tree Day