Put some roots down by the river
THE Wilsons River Landcare group has been celebrating National Tree Day for 18 years.
It's coming around again on Sunday, July 29, and the group is inviting all past and present members, their friends, families and the extended community to join them for a massive shrub and tree-planting bonanza.
"Lismore families will plant 1000 lilies and lomandra, and other species of rainforest plants, on the riverbank," group member Vanessa Ekins told the Echo.
"So grab Granny and the kids and come out in the winter sunshine and have some fun."
The plantings will be at the Lismore Greyhound Track, also known as Coleman's Point, on Molesworth Street, Lismore, near Simes Bridge.
The event has the support of Lismore City Council, the Lismore Lions Club (who will be providing barbecued sausages on the day) and the Lismore Greyhound Owners Breeders Association.
"We've planted thousands of plants on the riverbank over the past decade," Vanessa said.
"We've established nearly 200 different species of rainforest plants that we know existed on the riverbanks when the cedar cutters first rowed up the river, 170 years ago."
The Landcare group has had a long association with Coleman's Point.
"When we first held National Tree Day there, our children were wearing nappies," Vanessa said. "Now they are in high school and we have new members in nappies. It's good to see the next Landcare generation getting involved."
Vanessa said that one of the best things about planting near Lismore's CBD was "demonstrating how we can make changes in our communities with our hands."
"In this time of climate uncertainty and urban pressure on our natural environment, it feels good to make a positive contribution," she said.
"The Landcare group aims to return the riverbank to its former subtropical glory, for the river, for the plants and animals, and for ourselves."
The group invites anyone who would like to join in to bring their family and friends along, from 11am, for planting, mulching and watering a thousand rainforest plants.
Wear a hat, sturdy shoes and a smile.
Also bring a bucket for mulching and watering if you can.