Con­nect­ing for the love of na­ture

Tree day is nearly here and there’s some­thing for every­one on Coast

Maroochy Weekly - - LOCAL | LIFE - Hi­lary Ruthven

EN­VI­RON­MEN­TAL groups, vol­un­teers and schools across the Sun­shine Coast will get their hands dirty this week­end for Na­tional Tree Day.

The day aims to plant more na­tive trees and shrubs to pro­tect na­ture, ed­u­cate on global is­sues such as cli­mate change and let peo­ple re-con­nect with the earth.

A num­ber of Coast Care groups and busi­nesses have part­nered with the Sun­shine Coast Coun­cil to get the lo­cal com­mu­nity in­volved with this hands-on day.

Coolum and North Shore Coast Care pres­i­dent Leigh Warne­minde said the num­ber of trees planted Aus­tralia-wide was im­por­tant, as well as the lo­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits we of­ten “take for granted”.

“On a very small lo­cal level it ac­tu­ally re­pairs a wildlife cor­ri­dor along the creek and the trees pro­vide so many ser­vices that we take for granted like air and habi­tats for the wildlife as well,” she said.

“If you look at a place with­out trees it’s quite sad.”

As well as pre­serv­ing na­ture, the day aims to get kids away from tech­nol­ogy and ed­u­cate them more about cli­mate change is­sues.

Lo­cal school, Matthew Flin­ders Col­lege is one of the many who jumped on board for School’s Tree Day on July 28 by plant­ing lilly pil­lies along the bound­ary of their school oval.

Head of se­nior pri­mary In­grid Clarke said by help­ing to plant, it taught young chil­dren the im­por­tance of re­spect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment.

“It will teach the chil­dren how to care and have re­spect for the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, also that we’re all care­tak­ers,” she said.

“The whole idea of not just peo­ple whose roles might be to look af­ter the grounds of a school or an en­vi­ron­ment that we share, but that we all have a re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“So it’s giv­ing them the own­er­ship to that.”

If you can’t make Na­tional Tree Day on July 30 or School’s Tree Day on July 28, Planet Ark re­minds, “Ev­ery­day is Tree Day”.

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