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Getting dirty in the name of a great cause

NORMA Allester did not mind getting her hands dirty to plant a tree or two for National Tree Day yesterday.

Two events were held in the Tweed yesterday, one in Uki and one at Hastings Point for Australia's biggest community tree-planting event.

Dunecare Hastings Point president Arthur Good said it was tremendous weather for a tremendous day.

“I'm not sure on exact numbers but we had about 100 people through the day and 230 trees planted,” Mr Good said.

“We also had some people who weren't from the area who heard about our event and decided to come along.”

National Tree Day is a day for all Australians to help by planting native trees and shrubs at sites in their area.

It aims to inspire, educate and recruit Australians to care for the land and create future generations of committed environmental custodians.

Students from Murwillumbah and Kingscliff TAFE got into the spirit of the event early when they planted more than 30 trees on campus grounds on Friday for School Trees Day.

Kingscliff Certificate 2 horticultural student Sharon Bennie helped out with the tree plantings.

“I've just started this course last week and I'm already planting trees,” Ms Bennie said.

“It's great to get outside and get some hands-on practical experience from the start.

“That's what I'm here to learn about.”

Teacher Shane Flannery said a selection of rainforest and fruit-bearing trees were planted to add to the natural water course that flows into the nearby creek.

The trees would be a focus of his classes over the next five months, Mr Flannery said.

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