From little things big things grow

David De Nardi, Nick Davies and Rob English from the Wilsons River Landcare Group (pictured) have been busy with their auger, digging holes on the banks of the Wilsons River in preparation for National Tree Day.

Now all they need is people willing to get their hands dirty this Sunday, July 30, and help plant 500 species of rainforest plants.

The Wilsons River Landcare Group first celebrated National Tree Day 10 years ago when 400 school children planted trees in Pritchard Park, the site of Durroughs timber mill in the 1880s. Today the park is an arboretum of rainforest species that existed on the riverbank when the cedar cutters first came up the Wilsons River.

Since that first day over three kilometres of riverbank has been replanted with native rainforest and the day has become an important occasion where members of the community get together and enjoy Lismores riverbank, said Landcare president, Vanessa Ekins. We want family and friends to come along on Sunday armed with hats and sturdy shoes, enjoy the mid-winter sunshine and plant a few trees.

National Tree Day started out as a Planet Ark initiative aimed at tackling environmental problems such as salinity, erosion and loss of habitat for native animals and birds. Now thousands of Australians join in every year, and 2006 will mark the planting of the ten millionth tree.

The Lismore event is being held on the riverbank beside the Winsome Hotel in North Lismore, and will run from 9.30am-12pm.

In Ballina Shire this Sunday, National Tree Day plantings will be held at three locations:

Angels Beach rainforest at East Ballina with the Angels Beach Dunecare Group from 8.30am-12pm.

Seven Mile Beach (opposite William Street) at Lennox Head with the Lennox Head Landcare group from 8.30am-12pm. Refreshments will be provided by the Ballina Lions Club.

Killen Falls Drive Public Reserve at Emigrant Creek, Tintenbar, with the Emigrant Creek Landcare Group from 11am-2pm. It will be followed by a sausage sizzle.


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