Little green thumbs gather for Schools National Tree Day

Date published: 25 July 2017

Townsville students will again have a chance to develop their green thumbs when 16 schools participate in this year’s Planet Ark’s Schools National Tree Day.

The annual event will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, July 26 at Riverway Raintree Grove from 9.30am to 11am to celebrate the importance of trees and get school children involved in protecting our environment.

Councillor Paul Jacob said Townsville City Council had been a part of Planet Ark’s Schools Tree Day for nearly 20 years and in that time had given thousands of trees to local schools.

“This year we will gift 887 plants to 16 local schools to help them beautify and establish their school grounds,” Cr Jacob said.

“Schools Tree Day is always a popular event with schools and it’s a great way to teach children about the importance of trees and our eco-system.”

As well as the plants, the schools will receive up to 10m3 of mulch, terracottom (soil conditioner) and assistance with site preparation on the school grounds.

The schools event comes ahead of the community celebration on Sunday, July 30 for National Tree Day.

This year’s National Tree Day community tree planting will be held from 8.30-11am at Osterlund Place, Burdell.

The event will include free native trees, free sausage sizzle, kids entertainment, Ranger Dan, tree planting and mulching and weeding.

Planting supplies will be provided but participants are asked to bring gloves, closed in shoes and remember to be sun smart.

Townsville’s Schools Tree Day and National Tree Day are an initiative of Planet Ark and proudly sponsored by Mike Carney Toyota.