National Tree Day
Welcome to National Tree Day!
Planet Ark set up National Tree Day in 1996 to help tackle some of our country’s serious environmental problems.
Planting local native trees can help combat global warming, as a single tree will absorb one tonne of carbon dioxide over its lifetime, and native trees provide food and shelter for local wildlife as well as much needed shade and beauty!
An understorey of shrubs and groundcovers is also an essential part of any revegetation project. The understorey provides habitat and protective cover for much of our local wildlife.
National Tree Day is Australia's biggest community tree planting event. It takes place on the last Sunday in July. Each year Pittwater Council helps host this event. For information about the 2012 event please see our environmental events calendar. This year it is being held at the Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park in North Narrabeen on Sunday 29 July from 9am to 12pm.
Previous National Tree Days in Pittwater
- 2002 - Hitchcock Park, Avalon
- 2003 - Pittwater Rugby Park, Warriewood
- 2004 - Hitchcock Park, Avalon
- 2005 - Winnererremy Bay, Mona Vale
- 2006 - Hitchcock Park, Avalon
- 2007 - Governor Phillip Park, Palm Beach, and around the North Narrabeen Indoor Sports Centre behind Narrabeen High
- 2008 - Des Creigh Reserve, North Avalon
- 2009 - Bilarong Reserve, North Narrabeen
- 2010 - Bilarong Reserve, North Narrabeen
- 2011 - Lakeside Caravan Park, Narrabeen
18 months after revegetation, native fauna including small wrens and ringtail possums, have been recorded and observed on these sites!
Hitchcock Park - Before and After!
These photos show the great results achieved by volunteers on National Tree Planting Day.
Hitchcock Park, Avalon, in 2004. Volunteers plant natives in the bare ground behind the clubhouse.
12 months later - the same site is abundant with growth, pleasing to the eye, providing food and shelter for native animals, and absorbing carbon dioxide from the air.