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Invitation to Dandenong Valley Parklands Planting Day

Wednesday 17 July, 2013

The Friends of the Dandenong Valley Parklands are marking this year’s National Tree Day, July 28, with a planting day along Dandenong Creek. They’re aiming to plant 3,000 trees and shrubs as part of their aim to restore the original vegetation around and along the creek area.

Wendy Lumb from the Friends of the Dandenong Valley Parklands says they will need lots of help. “With over 3,000 plants to get into the ground, if people can come for an hour or half a day we’ll certainly keep them busy. Tree planting is fun, and everyone working side by side brings the whole community together.

This tree planting will add to others the Friends group have organised over the past decade, and Wendy says people from all walks of life enjoy being part of these events, “Families, business groups, community groups, teenagers and individuals; anyone wanting to make a difference to their local area.” 

Parks Victoria’s Garry Lalor says the planting of native trees and shrubs is bringing more of the natural bush back into the suburbs.

“Shepherds Bush may be less than 25 km from the CBD, but to walk along its tracks you could be 100 km away from the city. Getting involved in replanting native vegetation is being part of growing a better environment.”

When: Sunday 28 July

Time: 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Where: Meet at the park information shelter at High Street Road, Wantirna. Melways Map 71 J1.

A BBQ lunch will be provided for all the volunteers.

Photo opportunity:  Wendy and Parks Victoria Rangers preparing the planting site

For more information please call the Friends group on 9561 2381 or Parks Victoria on 13 1963.

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