Tweed turns green for Tree Day

THE Tweed is about to become even greener with plans afoot this weekend to plant hundreds of trees around the shire to mark National Tree Day on Sunday.

School children are also ready to do their bit during a special schools planting day tomorrow.

Schools taking part in that event include Bogangar Public School which hopes 300 of its students will plant 600 native trees with the help of Cabarita Beach Dunecare near the headland car park at Cabarita Beach.

On Sunday, Uki and Tweed Landcare members will hold a mass tree planting on the banks of the Tweed River at Gerald Parker Park, opposite the Uki Sportsground.

The work from 9am to midday is intended to help replace weeds, impede erosion and stabilise the riverbank.

Spokeswoman Carolyn Rifello said the holes for the tree planting would be pre-dug to make the work of volunteers easier.

“Last year we planted more than 1300 trees,” Ms Rifello said, adding that “a great deal of excellent rehabilitation work” had now been done along the Tweed River around Uki.

“This area is appropriately referred to as The Platypus Walk due to the regular sightings of this playful animal in its natural habitat as you stroll along the path behind the shops,” she said.

Spokeswoman for national environmentalist group Planet Ark, Rebecca Gilling said hundreds of thousands of volunteers in communities across Australia would be getting their hands dirty this Sunday, planting native trees and shrubs as part of Australia’s largest “community tree planting and nature care event”.



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