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Tatura’s turn for tree event

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July 06, 2017

Gardners: (Back) Murchison Primary School Year 6 student Chelsea Hughes, 12, Murchison Preschool student Xavier Burke, 5 and Murchison Primary School student Denni Bathman, 11.

Tatura children and their parents will get the chance to take part in international environmental initiative One Tree Per Child this Friday at Cussen Park.

The day follows another recently held in Murchison with nine other community planting sessions to be held across Greater Shepparton City Council throughout July and August.

Greater Shepparton City Council sustainability and environmental officer Travis Turner said the council had conducted community planting during the past 10 years.

‘‘We always got on board with planting days, such as National Tree Day,’’ he said.

Mr Turner said after National Tree Day celebrated its 10th birthday recently, founders Oliva Newton-John and John Dee decided it needed a facelift.

‘‘It’s a global program where they’re aiming to plant 20 million trees for 20 million kids by 2020,’’ he said.

‘‘We also felt like we were ready to do something new.

‘‘We usually plant between 5000 and 6000 trees per year and we want to help to get a plant in for every child under the age of 18 in Greater Shepparton.’’

Mr Turner said, based on data, there were 16664 people under the age of 18 in the municipality and they would encourage each child to plant something in the ground.

‘‘We don’t just plant trees we also plant shrubs and ground plants; shrubs are often the more important part of a woodland environment, so we really try to get them in to round off the habitat.’’

Mr Turner said the planting day in Tatura was part of a larger Nurture Nature school holiday program, which also includes an official project launch on July13.

‘‘This will take part at our planting site at 100 Kittles Rd opposite the Boulevard Estate from 10am to noon,’’ he said.

Mr Turner said those attending were required to wear sturdy footwear and bring their own gloves.

■The Tatura One Tree Per Child planting day will be held this Friday, July 7, from 10am to noon at Cussen Park.

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