The only local event for National Tree Day this year is ‘Hug a tree in Wolli’ organised by the Wolli Creek Preservation Society. Their pamphlet says, “For National Tree Day this year, instead of planting trees in Wolli we want to celebrate some of the magnificent mature trees that are already there!”
This precious pocket of rainforest is the subject of a great news segment recently on the 7.30 Report on ABC1, which you can watch here – http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-07-21/residents-concerned-in-the-face-of-road-expansion/4145278
It will happen on –
- Sunday 29th July
- 10 am to 12 noon
- Meet at the junction of Bexley Road & the footpath leading to Johnston Street for a short guided walk.
- They ask that you, “wear sensible walking shoes & clothes & bring a plate & join other tree huggers for tea, cake & a chat about the threat to the area.”
There is also a short video about the event here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzAM0Q5k2D0&feature=share
It is quite an important event as this area of Wolli Creek that is at extreme risk should the NSW government decide to extend the M5 at the end of 2012. If this area were destroyed it would be an incredible loss to the community & especially the wildlife.
Wolli Creek is a very special & important area. It is vital habitat for flying foxes as well as the overall biodiversity of the Inner West. We cannot destroy everything for roads. Nature needs a place & people also need nature. I’m with Ansel Adams who said, “It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.” Let’s hope this doesn’t eventuate & they find an alternative route for the tunnel expansion.
Marrickville Council will be celebrating National Tree Day later in the year on Sunday 9th September 2012 with tree planting planned for the Marrickville Golf Course. I will write more about this closer to the date.