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Local Bankstown women’s group, Muslim Women Welfare of Australia, is one of the many community organisations that will roll up their sleeves for National Tree Day.
On Sunday 30 July, Council will host two events, at Band Hall Reserve, Birrong, from 10am-1pm, and Cup and Saucer Creek, Canterbury, from 9am-noon.
Vice President, Nora Awad, said many hands can make a difference.
“When the community comes together, we can achieve big things, especially when it comes to growing our natural habitats,” she said.
“Our group just wants to do its little part and show appreciation for the environment. For me, watching my dad work in the garden taught me about the beauty of caring for our land - that even a small seedling can make a big difference in our lives.”
National Tree Day is just one of the ways Mrs Awad lives sustainability.
“I recently launched my own Instagram page, called Her Kitchen Garden, encouraging women to live organically and providing tips on how to grow your own produce, such as fruit and vegies,” she said.
“I’ve have more than 450 followers in less than a few months. It’s all about knowing where your food comes from and getting back to the roots of cooking, which begins with the earth.”
Last year, more than 250 volunteers planted in excess of 1,700 trees and plants at Band Hall Reserve, Birrong, and Picken Oval, Croydon - exceeding the record by 500 trees and plants.
Administrator, Richard Colley, said he hoped even more volunteers would sign up to the environmental initiative, which will see the potential planting of a further 1,500 native plants.
“Any new greenery planted yesterday, today, or tomorrow will provide fresh clean air and extra shade, helping boost native habitat within biodiversity corridors,” he said.
As an added incentive, Council will be giving away around 300 plants to local volunteers.
Forty-eight schools in Canterbury-Bankstown will also participate in Schools’ Tree Day on Friday 28 July.
Gloves, tools, watering cans, refreshments and a BBQ will be provided at both Council National Tree Day events. For more information, or to register, go to treeday.planetark.org
26/07/2017 9:44 AM