10,000 trees to be planted

Emma Patton (3) has a big job on her hands helping her parents Bruce and Wendy Patton plant their 10,000 trees.By Dominic Geiger

Planting 10,000 trees is a bit tougher than your average Sunday garden tidy-up.

But for members of the Ootha-Derriwong Landcare group, Wendy and Bruce Patton, the end result will make all the hard work worth it.

“We lost a lot of trees during the drought, so now we’re planting new trees to help prevent wind and soil erosion as well as to encourage bird life,” Bruce said.

“The trees also help to provide shelter breaks for stock and lambing ewes.”

Bruce said when all 10,000 trees were planted, there would be 15 kilometres of tree line through several private properties.

“We’re linking remnant vegetation to create biodiversity corridors,” he said.

“We got two government grants as part of the Caring for Our Country initiative, with one ending this August and the other ending this time next year.”

Wendy and Bruce’s efforts are particularly relevant this week, with thousands of green thumbed volunteers across the nation set to get their hands dirty in support of National Tree Day on Sunday July 31.

For information on National Tree Day activities with the Ootha-Derriwong Landcare group, go to Planet Ark’s website at planetark.org.

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