Did you know that Sunday 29 July marks the 22nd National Tree Day? Since its humble beginnings in 1998, over 3.8 million people have rolled up their sleeves, put their hands in the earth and planted more than 24 million new trees and native shrubs. Each year these numbers continue to grow and the event is now known as the largest nature protection and tree planting initiative across the country. This year’s theme ‘Connect in Nature’ explores the possibility of not only connecting with trees but also connecting technology with nature.
Trees are absolutely vital to our existence and each year Planet Ark conducts research to encourage and inspire us to spend time more in nature. Research has shown that Australians spend a mere 3% of our week in nature and close to 3 hours per day on our phones, mostly on social media. For every hour we spend on a leisure activity outdoors we spend close to 7 hours in front of the television or computer. 75% of us believe we are not spending enough time in nature and 62% of us want to spend more time in nature and feel happier when doing so.
To celebrate National Tree Day, City of Gold Coast’s NaturallyGC program has a range of free events planned for you to get involved in while spending a little more time in nature.
Saturday 28 July
Nature journaling and tree drawing workshop in Springbrook from 9am-11am. This hands-on fun workshop is suitable for ages 15 years and over and will explore trees as wonderful subjects for meditation, journaling and drawing.
Grow that plant workshop in Benowa from 1pm – 4pm. Learn some of the best tips and tricks for gardening success in this hands-on workshop taught by the Friends of the Gold Coast Regional Botanical Gardens.
Sunday 29 July
NaturallyGC National Tree Day Planting in Oxenford from 9am – 10.30am. Join the City of Gold Coast and help plant 3000 trees along the Coomera River in this all ages family-friendly event. Registration is essential.
Friends of Federation Walk National Tree Day Planting at Main Beach from 8am- 1030am. Help plant and restore the corridor of vegetation along the western side of the reserve followed by a sausage sizzle. Participants are asked to meet at the site office in Phillip Park car park opposite the Sea World roundabout, Seaworld Drive, Main Beach. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call ph 0400 740 972.
Visit Eventbrite for registration to the workshops and tree planting.