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Aiming for 20 million by 2020

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July 11, 2017

Tatura's Olivia Attoni, 7, took part in the One Tree Per Child planting day at Cussen Park. An official One Tree Per Child launch will be held on Thursday from 10am to noon at 100 Kittles Rd, Shepparton.

Marisa O'Halloran, Ryan Coburn, Ethan Malone and Travis Turner.

GV Grammar students Ethan Malone, 15 and Ryan Coburn, 14, volunteered as part of their school program.

James Diake, 2.5 years, took a well deserved snack break.

Rhys Bailey, 5, helped put the stakes in the ground.

Tatura's Leon Findlay, 8, and Jacob Dedman, 12.

It seemed as if the weather conditions last week were doing their bit ahead of the One Tree Per Child planting day at Cussen Park on Friday last week.

After an incredibly dry month, the hardened grounds at Cussen Park became soft after a much-needed soak, which let up just in time for the day.

The sun shone while several children and some parent helpers took part in the National Tree Day global initiative founded by Oliva Newton-John and John Dee.

Greater Shepparton City Council sustainability and environmental officer Travis Turner said it was a great morning of planting shrubs and trees.

‘‘It all went well; we had lots of kids,’’ he said.

Mr 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 the program aimed for 20 million kids to plant 20 million trees by 2020.

‘‘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,’’ he said.

Almost 30 volunteers attended the Tatura planting session which Mr Turner said was a great result.

Mr Turner said the planting day 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.

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