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Council to celebrate 2013 National Tree Day with tree planting and native tree giveaway

Posted 15 July 2013 by (Hurstville News)

Hurstville City Council will celebrate 2013 National Tree Day with a special tree planting event and native tree giveaway on Sunday, 28 July 2013.

Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Jack Jacovou is encouraging residents to come along and roll up their sleeves and do something good for the environment while helping their local community.

“Each year, more than 200,000 people from across the country participate in National Tree Day,” he said.

“Now in its 18th year, National Tree Day has resulted in the planting of more than 17 million native trees and shrubs since its inception.

“The planting of trees helps address important environmental issues like the loss of habitat for native wildlife, soil salinity and erosion as well as being good for individual and community health.”

Mayor Jacovou said Council will provide more than 1,000 trees and shrubs for planting.

“Over the years, residents and volunteers have shown wonderful commitment to this great cause,” he said.

“People in the Hurstville local government area truly enjoy an abundance of exceptional natural bushland and recreational parks and reserves.

“I encourage community members to get involved and invest in our future environment on National Tree Day.”

2013 National Tree Day Tree Planting
Sunday, 28 July 2013
9.00am-1.00pm
Olds Park, Forest Road, Penshurst
BBQ provided by the Lions Club

Volunteers are encouraged to wear suitable clothing on the day and bring along gloves, enclosed footwear, hat, sunscreen, drinking water and useful tools.

Mayor Jacovou said in addition to the tree planting event, Council will also host a free native tree giveaway for all residents at Olds Park, Forest Road, Penshurst.
“The plants that residents will receive on the day have been grown locally from indigenous tree seeds collected around Hurstville City,” he said.

“To receive two free native trees, local residents simply need to present their rate notice on the day.”

Arrangements can be made to deliver trees to elderly residents or people with physical disabilities.

2013 Native Tree Giveaway:
Sunday, 28 July 2013
8.00am-2.00pm
Olds Park, Forest Road, Penshurst

For more information, contact Council’s City Services Administration Officer, Lynne Hodge on 9330 6222.

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