Whitsunday Catchment Landcare volunteers Leone Fleming, Robina Mealey and Brenda Hawke at the site where the 1000th tree for Greening the Whitsundays was planted.
Whitsunday Catchment Landcare volunteers Leone Fleming, Robina Mealey and Brenda Hawke at the site where the 1000th tree for Greening the Whitsundays was planted.

1000 trees for greening campaign

WHITSUNDAY Catchment Landcare hit the 1000 tree mark for the Greening the Whitsundays initiative last weekend.

Since the program started on August 1, businesses, individuals and groups have jumped onboard to be part of the community project.

With a target of 100,011 to be planted by the end of 2011, Greening the Whitsundays founder Steve Moss admitted that it was a relatively slow start but was excited to see the 1000th tree planted.

“We've had a slow start but we're now sending out a lot of information,” he said.

“We knew our first 1000 would be the hardest to get.

“It's very exciting though that we've got our 1000.”

With his first major milestone reached, Mr Moss said that the most important thing to do now was to spread the word to ensure everyone gets behind the initiative by planting trees.

“It's time to get out there and plant trees,” he said.

“It's great to hear stories of families planting two or three trees.”

He also said that people should register at the U PLAN website and record the amount of trees they plant.

“It doesn't matter whether you plant one or 1000, they all count.

“I'm sure we'll get there.”


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