View of some of the crowd who attended National Tree Day - taken from the lower pond.

View of some of the crowd who attended National Tree Day at Sydney Park – taken from the lower pond. The fence & the piles of soil is because of work happening to the lakes.

Two children finalise the planting of a 5-metre Gum tree. I bet they watch this tree as it grows with a sense of pride.

Two children finalise the planting of a 5-metre Gum tree. I bet they watch this tree as it grows with a sense of pride.

One group pf volunteers gets ready for the next stage of planting.

One group pf volunteers gets ready for the next stage of planting.

It was a beautiful sunny spring-like day & perfect to be out in a lovely park planting trees. We came in via the bottom car park & knew where to go because of the large crowds visible further up the hill.

The path was lined with large tags hung from trees. Each tag stated a tree fact garnered from the recent Planet Ark research, ‘Valuing Trees: What is Nature Worth?’ – see http://bit.ly/1yMGZm5

Just one of the many tags on trees

Just one of the many tags on trees

A few hundred people were at the top of the hill where Planet Ark & City of Sydney Council held National Tree Day this year & in 2013.  It was wonderful to see how well last year’s planting held up & how lovely the area looks now that the plants & trees have grown some.

There were lots of families, lots of children, loads of bicycles & quite a few happy dogs.  The line for the sausage/veggie pattie on a roll was impossibly long & only three Planet Ark National Tree Day promotional hats were left. Everyone who registered to plant was given a pair of gardening gloves, also with the National Tree Day logo. Some of us see these as collector’s items. I saw a few people wearing their national Tree Day t-shirt from last year.

There were ‘trees’ walking around for photo opportunities. Kudos to the men & women who were wearing the tree suits. For a winter’s day, the temperature was quite hot at around 23 degrees. I imagine it was boiling inside the suits.   Still, they looked terrific & the kids liked the walking talking trees a lot. So did I.

The gorgeous children’s television presenter ‘dirtgirl’ was there taking to the children about the benefits of trees & wildlife.  She also took groups of kids to plant trees with her.   I think this would have been ultra-exciting for the children & definitely something to talk about at school next week.

Cricket & soccer star Ellyse Perry, played a game of cricket with the community after the tree planting was finished.  Incredibly the last of five thousand trees & plants were being planted at 1pm, a full hour before the end of the event.

Planting

Planting

People came to plant & were taken in large groups to sections ready to be planted out. It was a very well organised event.  A City of Sydney Council worker gave each group a lesson on how to plant properly, explaining the process step-by-step. This in itself was a great opportunity for both children & adults to learn how to plant to minimize loss.

There were native animal displays & kids yoga with a heap of children displaying just how flexible they are. All the free plants for the community had found new owners. There were tents with free booklets about the urban forest, the green villages initiative, community gardening & how to improve & add to biodiversity.

There were also large posters with information about the works happening in Sydney Park, but I will write about this in another post.

Those who had finished planting gathered around the lounges, the café tables or on picnic blankets under the shade of a tree.

It really was a perfect day out. Well done to Planet Ark & City of Sydney Council.  It really does feel good to be able to plant trees in the park.  Planting trees is not something those living in the Inner West can do very often.  One thing that impresses us every time we visit Sydney Park is that the City of Sydney Council is always doing work to improve the park. It was not planted out & just left to survive – or not. There are no dead looking areas & there are trees everywhere.

I think Sydney Park is a very special place & feel very happy to have been given an opportunity to add to this beauty. May all the trees grow tall & strong.

Volunteers planting

Volunteers planting

A City of Sydney Council worker gives a step-by-step lesson on how to plant properly to ensure a greater chance of survival.

A City of Sydney Council worker gives a step-by-step lesson on how to plant properly to ensure a greater chance of survival.  Groups like this were happening in various locations.

dirtgirl talking to a group of children about biodiversity & the need for trees.

dirtgirl talking to a group of children about biodiversity & the need for trees. She was fun.

The only way I like synthetic turf to be used.

The only way I like synthetic turf to be used. 

Showing the wildlife

Showing the wildlife.

A walking talking tree

A walking talking tree – thumbs up.

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