It’s National Tree Day today, and some busy-bee Gold Coasters have been out and about doing their part to protect our native vegetation.
This morning, a young tree-planting squad took to Damien Leeding Park in Oxenford, armed with thousands of tube stock plants.
Together with the Coomera River Catchment Group, over 3,000 trees were planted this morning alone.
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It’s all part of National Tree Day, which we’re all encouraged to celebrate, by getting outside and recognising the importance of protecting native vegetation.
Evironment Minister Leeanne Enoch says it’s also about planting tree saplings.
“National Tree Day is the country’s largest annual tree-planting and nature care event, and highlights the important role trees play in tackling global issues like climate change.
“A hectare of 10 to 20 year-old planted forest can capture and store 10-20 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, depending on its location.
“Queensland has 51.8 million hectares of forest, representing 39% of Australia’s forest – the most in the country.
“And since forming Government, the Palaszczuk Government has added more than a million hectares to Queensland’s protected area estate.
“We recognise that forests, parks and carbon farming projects throughout the state are vital in our effort to tackle climate change.
“I encourage all Queenslander’s to get outdoors and connect with nature this National Tree Day.
Since National Tree Day started in 1996, more than 4 million people have planted over 25 million native trees and plants and donated 10 million hours of their time.
For more information on National Tree Day or to find a tree planting event near you, click here.