Restoring landscapes across the Mount Alexander Region

2023 National Tree Day community planting – Sunday July 30

Posted on 14 July, 2023 by Hadley Cole

Planet Ark’s National Tree Day is coming up on Sunday 30 July 2023.   National Tree Day is a call to action for all Australians to get their hands dirty and give back to the environment.  To celebrate, Connecting Country is co-hosting a community planting day with Mount Alexander Shire Council and Post Office Hill Action Group with support from Birdlife Castlemaine District and Mount Alexander Youth Advisory Group.

The day offers an opportunity for the Mount Alexander/ Leanganook community to come together and take direct on ground conservation action to restore and enhance local biodiversity.

This event has been made possible due to the generous contribution from community members who supported our ‘Trees for the next generation’ GiveNow campaign through June and July 2023.  We know that our local community cares deeply about biodiversity conservation for future generations, but we were still blown away by the generous donations. A big THANK YOU to our generous members, supporters and the broader community who supported this event.

The day is answering a call from the younger generations of our community who, in a recent Council survey, asked for more opportunities to plant trees, make homes for wildlife and to undertake practical actions to address climate change. We’ve been working with our partners to shape a nature celebration event which caters for all ages including planting indigenous plants to restore habitat and interactive activities to learn about our local landscape.  Thanks particularly to Salina from Mount Alexander Youth Advisory Group (YAG) for putting together the great flyer and to other YAG members for their efforts in shaping this event.

Join us for a wonderful morning out in Post Office Hill Reserve in Chewton.

When: Sunday 30 July 2023, 10am to 12pm 

Where: Railway Street, Chewton (Post Office Hill, Chewton). For google maps location please – click here

What to bring: All ages are welcome, with a supervising adult. Bring water, suitable clothes for cold weather and the desire to regenerate our bushland. We will provide a light lunch following the planting day.

All plants purchased for the planting have been sourced be from local nurseries that specialise in indigenous plants to this region. This is vital to ensure plants are adapted to local conditions, support local wildlife whilst supporting local businesses. Experienced volunteers from Landcare will be supporting the planting, making this an effective and highly efficient project.

The ‘Trees for our next generation’ community planting day is a wonderful example of local organisations and community members coming together to take direct on ground conservation action to build resilient habitats across the region and promote local natural landscapes.

We look forward to seeing you there for the fun!


Photo by Leonia Van Eyk.

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