10,000 trees planted

AFTER four months of tree planting, the first major milestone for the Greening the Whitsundays project has been reached with the 10,000th tree planted.

Plants Whitsunday had the honour of planting the 10,000th tree at the new Cannonvale McDonald's restaurant site where more than 2000 trees have been planted.

Plants Whitsunday manager Matt Stokes said he was proud to be part of such a beneficial community initiative and urged the entire community to get behind it.

“It's a great idea and it's just about raising awareness of the plants being put back in the ground,” he said.

“Our profession is also a passion. Everyone works at the nursery because they love the industry. The staff practice what they preach.”

Greening the Whitsundays founder Steve Moss said the first 10,000 trees would be the hardest but hoped that as awareness of the program grew, so would the number of trees.

“We're now on our way to the big one five [15,000],” he said.

“The exciting thing is that the numbers are growing despite the rain.” He also commended Plants Whitsunday for their support as they have planted 8542 of the total 11,592 trees planted since the program started in August.

“And the message is keep up the good work and don't let the rain be an excuse.”

To follow the tally of trees planted, see page 8 of the Whitsunday Times each week and watch the vine at the bottom of the page grow, as you register your trees.

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