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1 million trees, sowing the seeds of environmental sustainability

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Brooke Pittman

09 July 2024, 11:00 PM

1 million trees, sowing the seeds of environmental sustainabilitySource: Planet Ark

The Kiama community are eagerly preparing to participate in the year’s National Tree Day, a celebrated annual event that encourages community members to come together for environmental conservation. 

This year National Tree Day is on 28 July. 

Established in 1966, National Tree Day has since grown into Australia’s largest community tree planting and nature care initiative. More than 5 million volunteers have contributed their time and energy to plant more than 27 million native trees, shrubs and grasses. 

This year, Planet Ark aims to plant a million new trees across the country, reinforcing the importance of biodiversity and environmental control while strengthening community bonds through hands-on participation.


Key themes for this year’s event include ‘planting hope’, to encourage engagement with nature and to inspire younger generations to work toward a more sustainable future amidst climate challenges. 

Additionally, the event will address the urgent need to protect threatened plant species, which constitutes over 70% of Australia’s endangered species. 

Local schools, councils, community groups and residents are encouraged to participate, National Tree Day for schools will be undertaken on 26 July. For any unable to lend a hand in person, donating to The Seedling Bank supports environmental projects nationwide, ensuring a lasting impact beyond the event. 

You can find local planting sites and volunteer opportunities through the National Tree Day website