From Planet Ark

Planet Ark is looking for coordinators who can host public events at local parks, Landcare or re-generation sites, sports fields, and scout halls, or events for their community at a school or pre-school, place of worship, or a workplace. Even backyards, patios, balconies, and streets can be used. Coordinators don’t need to be planting professionals as Planet Ark will provide information and ideas on how to organise an event.

Coordinators will help connect their communities with thousands of other generous, green- minded individuals around the country, to enjoy and protect Australia’s unique natural environment and benefit from positive health and wellbeing outcomes.

Debbie Agnew, National Tree Day Manager, says this year’s theme, Be Inspired. It’s in Our Nature, invites everyone to get outdoors and experience the many inspiring benefits of spending time in nature.

“Nature elevates the human spirit, and ignites passion, inspiration, creativity, and purpose. Research* also shows we’re happier, smarter, calmer, and healthier when we connect with nature,” Agnew said.

Agnew added that being a National Tree Day coordinator is the perfect way to make a positive difference to the environment.

“Australia is a unique, beautiful and breathtaking country. It’s critical that we conserve our natural heritage, as well as bring nature back to our urban areas – our homes, workplaces, schools, and cities. We need to cultivate healthy, enriching, life-enhancing environments in which to live,” Agnew said.

Last year nearly 310,000 people took part in National Tree Day and Schools Tree Day at over 3,500 sites across the country. Over 1.1 million native trees, shrubs, grasses, and edibles found a new home and helped to green otherwise grey areas.
Alison Wallace, who has been involved with National Tree Day for the past six years, encourages people to become site coordinators as it brings the local community together and is positive for the environment.

“It’s also satisfying to look at the trees you plant in years to come and see them healthy and growing. This event really is beneficial to the world we all live in and share,” Wallace said.

To register your site online and find out more visit treeday.planetark.org, call the hotline on 1300 88 5000 or visit your local participating Toyota Dealership.

*A series of independent reports about the environmental, health, financial, social and community benefits of nature commissioned by Planet Ark can be found here.