Tree Planting Day – get diggy with it

The Japanese practice of ‘forest bathing’ is proven to be good for your stress levels, blood pressure, immune system and general wellbeing.

So as well as helping the climate and our native animals, getting involved in a tree planting event near you on National Tree Day this Sunday will also help you feel great!

Loads of TAKE2’s Founding Partner Local Councils are holding special events so chances are there’ll be something happening in your neck of the woods.

Most provide planting tools and some offer free BBQs and kids activities like petting zoos. Remember to wear sturdy shoes.

Be part of the Greening the West of Melbourne 1 Million Trees project at Braybrook on Sunday morning. Maribyrnong City Council is putting on a free barbie, free coffee and face painting. There’ll even be a free wildlife show! They’ll provide the planting gear too.

Morning Peninsula Shire is planting native grasses and groundcovers near The Briars Visitors Centre to create a safe haven for native animals, away from foxes and cats.

You can join Yarra City’s planting at the critically endangered plains grassy woodland area at Kevin Bartlett Reserve, Richmond near Burnley College. There’ll be a free barbie, petting zoo, a big playground and waterwatch activities for the kids.

The City of Casey is celebrating community diversity with its Plant Your Roots tree day event. They want to create the city’s next big bushland forest at Hessell Road in Harkaway. BYO planting gear and water. There will be refreshments and a barbecue on the day.

Foreshore garden beds along Marine Parade, Elwood will be replanted at the City of Port Phillip event. They’ll provide gloves and planting tools but BYO food, drink and wet weather gear.

The City of Whittlesea is planting at Quarry Hills Regional Park, Mernda. There’ll be loads of games and activities for the kids, a community barbecue and coffee van. You can also have your say on the park’s masterplan.

Happy Tree Day!