Greening Whitsundays

A TOTAL of 310 trees were planted at Galbraith Creek, Cannonvale on Sunday as part of National Tree Day.

The trees were planted by 15 Whitsunday volunteers along with Whitsunday Regional Council staff.

Even though the numbers of volunteers were disappointing the hard-working crew did a fantastic job.

Whitsunday Catchment Land Care project officer David Pepplinkhouse said that the organisation had picked an even bigger site for next year, which would hopefully attract more volunteers to help out.

He said the main objective of planting so many trees at Galbraith Creek was to rehabilitate the site.

This would reduce weeds, provide a habitat corridor for fauna and help educate the general public about soil erosion, Mr Pepplinkhouse said.

In the 15 years that National Tree Day has been operating, it has led to more than 15 million trees and shrubs being planted across Australia.

National Tree Day also marked the start of the Greening the Whitsundays initiative.

U PLAN Landscape Architecture director Steve Moss is the driving force behind the new tree and shrub-planting program.

He has set a target of 100,011 trees and shrubs to be planted by December 31 2011.

Mr Moss said he was very excited at the prospect of making the Whitsundays a greener place to live and he hoped that most Whitsunday locals would get behind the initiative.

“I reckon it's achievable,” he said.

“Any tree or plant, no matter how big or small – we want to know.”

To follow the amount of trees planted, go to page 8 of the Whitsunday Times each week and look for the Greening the Whitsunday Region Banner at the bottom of the page.

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