National Tree Planting Day

Below are some more updates of the tree planting undertaken across Australia for National Tree Planting Day, which took place on the 28th of July 2019.

South Australia

The devotees in South Australia were blessed with a sunny day on National Tree Planting Day. Organised together by the service wing and Envirocare team, there were 32 devotees including 12 SSE kids participating in the activity, which is the highest ever turnout for SA for tree planting. It was a fun event and together more than 900 saplings were planted. Everyone who joined in (from ages 4 to 80) enjoyed the day.

Queensland

Queensland’s National Plant a Tree Day site was located at the picturesque Mt Gravatt Outlook Reserve. Thirteen devotees planted approximately thirty-six trees along the trekking path. The most rewarding feeling was being able to see the growth of the trees we lovingly planted last year. Some of the trees had grown to be as tall as us!

Apart from planting trees, the Mt Gravatt Environmental Group emphasized the importance of conserving our native flora and encouraging sustainable biodiversity. As such, our efforts were mainly focused on restoring areas where weeds and destructive shrubs had spread. The hard work was made much lighter as we engaged with our local community and worked alongside other service-based groups. We look forward to seeing the native flora thrive without the troublesome weeds!

Tree Planting – 2019

WA Region

On the 13th of July, more than 50 volunteers from the WA Region joined SERCUL to plant 2000 saplings to restore native vegetation around the Canning River Regional park and wetlands.

The volunteers were also treated to a special opening of a fully compostable toilet block, which was officially opened by the local member for Cannington.

Members from the WA region have volunteered annually since 2012 with the “Trillion Trees Organisation” and the South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare (SERCUL). SERCUL brings together the community, businesses and government in improving the health of local waterways and ecosystems. It is a humbling experience to see the growth of native trees from the previous years.

ACT

VIC Region West

With Sai Baba’s grace, on Sunday 28th of July we had a wonderful tree planting session in Victoria West Region. A total of 650 plants were planted across two sites. The weather was favourable for this service on that day and there were approximately 70 members that took part, including our SSE children. This was also a wonderful opportunity to engage with our children about the natural world and the importance of valuing and protecting our environment. It was a beautiful service activity that ended with a lovely lunch provided for everyone.

NSW

National Tree Planting Day was held on the 28th of July 2019, where 200 adults, young adults and SSE of NSW came together to give back to their community. The volunteers enjoyed a fun family day connecting with nature while also helping to rehabilitate the bushland reserves. Alongside the planting activities a range of nature-themed entertainment, such as face-painting, plant-care and animal-care education stations were also present at some of the locations. An approximate total of 3,140 trees were planted.