In what has become a time honoured tradition, each year Citywide’s dedicated ‘Bushland and Nursery’ teams take part in National Tree Day activities throughout the communities in which we serve.
National Tree Day aims to inspire, educate and recruit Australians to actively care for our unique land and create future generations of committed environmental custodians. It is a great way for the local community to learn more about gardening, natural fauna and flora heritage, while contributing to the sustainability of their local environments.
Since inception, National Tree Day has grown to become Australia's biggest community tree-planting event. Over 13 million native trees and shrubs have been planted by more than 2 million volunteers since the first National Tree Day was held in 1996.
Working closely with the City of Bayside, Citywide’s teams of enthusiastic horticulturalists hosted two sites; one adjacent to the Black Rock Life Saving Club, the other on a section of open coastal bushland in Sandringham.
“The mass planting of these wonderful indigenous species, not only provides food and shelter for our native wildlife, but enhances the environmental quality of the local area. After years of degradation caused by drought and urbanization, it’s wonderful we can be part of this,” said Carmen Skrobonja, Citywide’s horticulturists based at the Bayside Community Nursery.
Despite heavy rainfall the night before, over 70 local residents joined Citywide’s expert horticulturalists across the two sites, and helped plant around 2000 indigenous flowers, shrubs and trees. We are most grateful to the volunteers who helped make the day a success, and look forward to participating in this event next year.