Yoga classes and children’s story time sessions are among the different ways Mitchell Shire Council is branching out to celebrate National Tree Day later this month.
As well as hosting traditional tree planting events at various reserves, parks and schools, the council’s leisure centres, libraries and youth centres have joined in the National Tree Day action.
The council has provided more than 70000 native plants since 2001, as well as guards and stakes, to community groups and schools.
This year, council will provide 4000 native seedlings, stakes and guards to eight community planting sites and 10 local schools, while there will also be special National Tree Day yoga sessions at the leisure centres, story time at the libraries and gardening and planting activities at the youth centres.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said National Tree Day, held on July 30, was the country’s biggest nature care initiative.
‘‘It is a fantastic opportunity for you to do something positive for your community and your environment. It also gives people the chance to get out in the fresh air and reconnect with nature,’’ Cr Sanderson said.
‘‘We know how much the community values the natural environment from the conversations we had when developing our Council Plan, and supporting events such as National Tree Day is one of our actions in the plan.’’
Community planting events will be held locally at:
●Light Horse Memorial Park, Seymour (July 29, 10am to noon);
●Chittick Park, Seymour (July 30, 10am to noon);
●Pioneer Park, Seymour (July 30, 10am to noon).
National Tree Day yoga will be held at Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre on July 24 at 10.30am, and at Kilmore Leisure Centre on July 25 at 10.15am and July 30 at 8.15am.
National Tree Day story time will be held on July 26 at Broadford Library (11am) and on July 28 at Seymour Library (10.30am).
A native garden plant will be given to each yoga and story time participant.
Meanwhile, a gardening activity will be held at Broadford Youth Centre on July 24 at 4pm.
Those volunteering at planting events are asked to bring gardening gloves and a hand spade and register their interest at www. treeday.planetark.org
For more information, please phone the council’s Environment Unit on 57346200.