This year Planet Ark is celebrating 20 years of National Tree Day and Schools Tree Day (which was Friday the 24th of July). National Tree day is Australia’s largest community tree-planting and nature care event that provides an opportunity to do something positive for your local environment and community and to reconnect with nature. The days celebrations aim to inspire, educate and recruit Australians to actively care for our unique land and create future generations of committed environmental custodians. National Tree Day started in 1996 and since then more than 3 million people have planted 21 million trees and plants and it’s still growing.
According to research by Planet Ark for every hour Australians spend on outdoor leisure activity we spend 7 hours in front of the TV or computer. The research also shows that our backyards are shrinking and the smaller our backyards, the less time we spend outdoors. So this year for National Tree Day Planet Ark is inviting you to participate at home – in your own backyard or on your balcony. All you need to do is: decide on what and where you want to plant; get and put the plants in the soil; and register your activities at the website. You can plant native trees, shrubs or grasses to help support biodiversity or an edible garden. Kids especially love to get their hands dirty and it is a great learning activity for them to see how plants and food grow.
If you want to get involved with the community celebrations there are events happening across the country and Planet Ark has provided you with a convenient search tool to find out what’s happening in your area.
For the celebrations I created a ‘Walk in A Forest’ YouTube meditation video. As I am a newbie to the idea of creating videos and sound files there is room for improvement but I hope you can enjoy the walk in the forest despite a few movement noises (perhaps they make it seem more authentic?).
Happy Tree Day!!!!