24 July 2023

Wagga community to plant more than 3000 seedlings for National Tree Day

| Jarryd Rowley
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Wagga green thumbs are being encouraged by the council to help plant trees as part of National Tree Day. Photo: Sustainable Wagga/Facebook.

Wagga Wagga City Council (WWCC) has donated more than 3000 seedlings, including 2000 to local schools and preschools, in preparation for National Tree Day.

National Tree Day is a yearly event falling on the last Sunday of July, with this year’s event taking place at the Charles Sturt University Farm on 30 July.

Students from 25 schools will take part on 28 July, two days prior, on Schools National Tree Day.

The Gobbagombalin-based farm was selected as the growing site to encourage the threatened superb parrot to build its habitat at the location.

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The farm is within the natural flight path of the species and will be well equipped to support numerous parrots.

WWCC environmental officer Samantha Pascall said National Tree Day was a bit more special this year due to the work that the council and volunteers would be doing to support the superb parrots.

“We know that they fly through the farm consistently,” Ms Pascall said.

“Superb parrots are recognised as threatened in the Wagga Wagga LGA so by providing a place where they can rest and build a habitat is important.

“We have selected specific seedlings that we know the parrots will gravitate to; those seedlings including white box, yellow box, Deane’s wattle, gold dust wattle and kangaroo thorn.”

WWCC are hoping that once the seedlings have been established, several other native species will become prominent creating an area where the parrots can seek food and shelter.

Volunteers looking to take part in the planting of the trees will need to first register online. Ms Pascall said she was hoping to lure potential volunteers with a sausage sizzle and a free seed giveaway.

“We are partnering with Wagga Wagga Urban Landcare, they will be cooking the sausage sizzle on the day,” she said.

“They will also be providing support by helping stage allotments and spacing out where trees are planted.

“We will be starting at 10 am on 30 July. I’m hoping we see plenty of volunteers turn up so we can have it done by midday.”

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Ms Pascall also wanted to remind volunteers to bring warm clothing, enclosed footwear and a pair of gardening gloves.

Schools taking part in the event will have their seedlings delivered early next week.

“We (WWCC) are overjoyed by the number of schools who raised their hands and agreed to take part this year,” Ms Pascall said.

“Each school will plant their seedlings within their school grounds. We are looking forward to seeing how their plants grow.”

To register for National Tree Day, click here.

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