DOWN AND DIRTY: Harvest Swap founder Leonie Orton with some of the trees for planting.
DOWN AND DIRTY: Harvest Swap founder Leonie Orton with some of the trees for planting. Warren Lynam

The small action that can make a big change

SUNDAY will mark 23 years since the the first of Australia's largest community tree-planting and nature care events.

National Tree Day has resulted in millions of native trees, shrubs and grasses being planted.

Harvest Swap founder Leonie Orton has taken on the initiative to help restore rainforest on a private property in Palmwoods.

This year Ms Orton will merge the monthly home grown produce event with the tree planting day.

"When it comes to tree planting, I'm concerned about climate as a lot of people are," she said.

"One way we can help to improve things is by planting more trees."

She said she felt "really inspired" to gather some people to do just that.

Running the Harvest Swap for the past six years, Ms Orton has seen how important looking after the environment is, particularly to farmers.

The team at Harvest Swap will work with a land care consultant to plant about 25 different native trees and shrubs, particularly ones that are endemic to the local area and rainforest.

"Regenerating the forest is not just a monoculture, there are a variety of plant and trees that help an area shine," Ms Orton said.

Some species include the blue quandong, paperbark tea tree, native tamarind and copper laurel.

National Tree Day is a Planet Ark initiative. They dedicate celebrations of School Tree Day and National Tree Day to the last Friday and last Sunday in July.

This year School Tree Day is July 26 and National Tree Day is July 28.

There are organised tree-planting events throughout the country. To find your nearest one, visit the website www.treeday.planetark.org.

This event will begin with the regular Harvest Swap event and move onto the tree planting. Ms Orton encouraged the public to come along.

Contact their Facebook page to stay in touch - Harvest Swap Sunshine Coast.


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