THERE will be around two thousand new trees in the ground on the banks of the Tweed River at Byangum this Sunday, July 28, for National Tree Planting Day.

Organiser Carolyn Rifello is looking forward to a big turnout, with the holes dug, the compost ready all that is required now is a few sets of extra hands.

"Eddie Roberts, myself and a few others started the planting day five years ago, it has become a bigger and better event every year," Mrs Rifello said.

In its first year, six or seven hundred plants were put in the ground, that number has now almost tripled with Mrs Rifello and the Tweed Landcare group getting the word out to the public.

"The community spirit is fantastic, and it is something we rely on heavily to get the job done, the steaks are in the ground, the holes are dug, the plants are ready so all we need is a good turnout to get the job done," Mrs Rifello said.

According to Tweed Landcare, there are still too many gaps in vegetation on the banks of the Tweed River between Uki and Murwillumbah, and the aim is to one day have planted the entire run of river bank on that stretch.

Friends of Woolumbin and the Tweed Shire Council will continue to work together to maintain the project after Sunday's planting, which is and will continue to be chemical free.

The planting will take place from 9am and run through until 1pm on Kyogle rd, about 1km upstream in Byangum on the Tweed River.



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