National Tree Day
28.07.2013 - 28.07.2013
One morning a copy of the Yarra City Council newsletter landed on my desk and as I was glancing through it I spotted an article that mentioned that National Tree Day was coming up and volunteers were needed to help plant trees in Yarra Bend Park.
Always looking out for different things for us to get involved in I put a shout out to our friends about this conservation project and soon had a good group of mates who were happy to give up a Sunday morning to do their bit. It was great that so many wanted to be involved and I am sure that the prospect of a free BBQ afterwards was only a small contributing factor!
I hadn't actually looked up the logistics of how to get there and it was fortunate that we had cars to get there as public transport was not an option. Ria impressed us all by cycling there and after a few "I'm lost" phone calls managed to meet up with us.
The council had set up an information tent about the conservation in the local area and the plants we would be planting.
You could also find out about the creatures that live in the local creek and they were getting the kids excited about searching for critters.
They also had a petting area with farm animals.
We signed in and after a briefing on the idiots guide on how to take a plant out of its pot and put it in the ground we were ready to roll...and no Amy the diagram doesn't mean water the plants with your tears!
There were hundreds of plants that needed to be planted and we joined the other volunteers and got stuck in. I think someone mentioned that for every 100 planted only 30 would survive! The holes had already been dug and the plants laid out, all we needed to do was plant them. Although in some cases it was easier than others, I think I struggled for a good 5 mins trying to get one of the plants out without damaging it as it had got stuck.
First plant in
We made our way from one section of planting to the next and soon each had our own planting techniques mastered. Mary had bought along chocolate cake supplies for a mid morning break which was well received.
By midday all the plants were in and we were definitely appreciative of the BBQ!
I want one of these!
Thanks to Amy, Mary, Stefano, Ria, Noreen and Phil who missioned it out to Yarra Bend park to be part of the planting fun
We need to all reunite in 20 years and see how big our trees have got!