A great crowd of adults & kids  planting 6,000 plants & trees in Sydney Park for National Tree Day.

A great crowd of adults & kids planting 6,000 plants & trees in Sydney Park for National Tree Day.

Costa Georgiadis teaching a young girl how to plant.

Costa Georgiadis teaching a young girl how to plant.

Once again the City of Sydney, Planet Ark & Toyota put on a terrific event for National Tree Day in Sydney Park.   The sun was shining & even the air smelt great with the wattle trees in bloom.

A new site, more in the middle of the park, was chosen to plant a whopping 6,000 plants & trees to create an Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub.  What a lovely area this will be once everything has grown & very important for wildlife.

The Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub is a nationally & state-listed Endangered Ecological Scrub & Heath Vegetation Community.   Over 97% of the Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub has been lost in Sydney. 385 hectares of North Head is the largest remaining area of endangered Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub left in Sydney.

Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub grows in nutrient poor soils, so City of Sydney council had prepared a sandstone soil to accommodate these plants in conditions that suit them. Planting was not easy, but no-one seemed to care.

At least 1,000 people registered to plant, but as always, more people came for the atmosphere & the exhibits. It’s a very family-friendly event with activities for kids – planting, face painting, nature crafts, kid’s yoga & this year, even a python with a handler who educated us all about snakes. People in green tree suits were walking around as in previous years & the synthetic turf lounge suite also made a return. Those in the suits need a medal – it must be so hot in there.

The lovely Costa Georgiadis (from Gardening Australia on ABC1) was showing children how to plant & planting with them.  I imagine this will be life-changing for some of them – something they will remember when they are adults.  Costa centers attention on the child & quietly instructs how to plant. It was nice to watch.

A handler educates about snakes.  I think this was a black headed python.

A handler educates about snakes. I think this was a black headed python.

The Yaama Boys (look them up on facebook) performed a number of traditional Indigenous dances much to my delight. They were very good & the dances were exciting. I liked also that they explained what the dances were about & their meaning, as this allowed a deeper understanding of what was happening.

Bush tucker tours were held every 30-minutes where people got to see & taste bush tucker growing in the park.   There was information about the upcoming City Farm, which sounds really exciting. I will write about this initiative in another post.

Hundreds of parsley plants were given away in ice-cream cones, which is a great way not to create garbage. There were also hundreds of Australian native tree seedlings, native shrubs & plants for anyone to take home to plant in their garden.

Each plant had really good information & photos about its growing needs, what height it would reach at maturity, what it looked like & everything else in-between.  Staff were available to assist & provide information about any plant people were interested in. All this helped people chose plants & trees that were suitable for their place, so hopefully they all get put in the ground & we see more trees & more green in the landscape.

For the first time that I am aware of, Porta-loos were provided & I was surprised at how clean they were. This made me think about litter, so I looked around & even though it was towards the end of the event & all the sausages & veggie burgers had been eaten, I did not see one bit of litter anywhere. Maybe tree-lovers are considerate to the environment.

National Tree Day is 20-years-old this year & is making quite an impact Australia-wide.  I love this event at Sydney Park.  It is always consistently good & the Council goes to a lot of trouble to cater for all needs, as well as passively educate on the value of trees & the environment.

If you didn’t go this year, put it in your diary for next year because you not only get to do some good for wildlife, but you will also enjoy yourself.

The wonderful Yaama Boys.

The wonderful Yaama Boys.

Hundreds of trees & shrubs  giveaways.  Thanks City of Sydney Council.

Hundreds of trees & shrubs giveaways. Thanks City of Sydney Council.

Planting had been happening for over two hours & still people were enthusiastically planting.

Planting had been happening for over two hours & still people were enthusiastically planting.

Advertisements