Com­mu­ni­ties do­ing their bit

Myrtleford Times - - News -

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.

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