Communities doing their bit
GOOD HELP: Myrtleford Cubs and Scouts were among those to take part in National Tree Day on Sunday.
SMALL teams of volunteers in Myrtleford and Mt Beauty braved cold and wet conditions on Sunday to do their bit for National Tree Day.
In Myrtleford the local Landcare group, Friends of Reform Hill and Lions Club were joined by community members and Cubs and Scouts youngsters and leaders who planted 500 trees on a steep slope above the junction of Robertson and Albert streets.
The morning concluded with a barbeque on the fire access track near the base of Reform Hill just before the rain returned.
Friends of Reform Hill con- venor John Taylor said it was another successful event and in September secondary students from both colleges will participate in the final tree planting for 2018.
“The students will help plant the last half of 1000 trees they have put in the ground this year,” he said.
“This next planting, to- GREEN THUMBS: Claire Edmanson (left), with Eddy, Alec and Kim Franzke helped plant trees at the Rock Pool Reserve near Mt Beauty. PHOTO: Alex Craig gether with the 500 planted on Sunday, brings the total for the year to 1,500 trees.
“The survival rate since 2011 has been at an average exceeding 80 per cent and as the trees grow the remarks made by our residents and visitors increases.”
In the Kiewa Valley a dozen Landcare members and other supporters contributed to the Planet Ark intiative by planting about 200 trees at the Rock Pool Reserve near Mt Beauty.
Project manager Ian Howley said that the new plants would complement the 600 which were planted last year which were continuing to thrive in the location.
This year Planet Ark cel- ebrated 22 years of National Tree Day and Schools Tree Day after first being held in 1996.
It continues to be Australia’s largest community tree-planting and nature care event and has seen more than 4 million people plant over 24 million trees and plants in its history.