Issued Tuesday 1 August 2017
Plant Your Roots participants celebrating their mammoth effort!
About 250 community members came together and got their hands dirty to help the environment at the City of Casey’s Plant Your Roots event on Sunday 30 July, held as part of National Tree Day.
A diverse mix of participants helped plant 12,000 indigenous plants in just under two-hours at an open space site on Hessell Road in Harkaway, before enjoying a multicultural lunch together to celebrate their efforts.
For several years, the City of Casey has been hosting community tree planting days to assist with revegetation of key areas of local landscape and provide pathways of habitat for local species.
City of Casey Manager City Planning Nicola Ward said it was great to see so many people come together to work on a common goal.
“Our community planting days not only achieve improved environmental outcomes, but also foster community spirit and pride and help educate the community about the importance of native vegetation within Casey,” she said.
“The participants were such a diverse mix of ages, faiths and backgrounds, coming together to create an asset for the future Casey community to enjoy.
“My hope is that the young people of Casey who were there can bring their own children and grandchildren to the park in the future and share the story about how they planted the trees.
“It is wonderful that the community of today can come together to create a legacy for the community of the future.”
The City of Casey thanks all the individuals, families and community groups who volunteered their time on the day to help Council achieve a significant environmental goal and create Casey’s next bushland forest!