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Successful Tree Day Plantings at the Prom

Wednesday 31 July, 2013

Parks Victoria and Friends of the Prom are very happy with the plantings done for National Tree Day and Schools Tree Day last weekend. Over 600 indigenous trees, shrubs and grasses were planted in total.

On Friday 26 July a team of 30 students and teachers from Wonthaggi Secondary College planted 280 trees, shrubs and grasses in the Schools Campground at Tidal River.  This was followed up on Sunday by a group of fourteen who joined forces with the Friends of the Prom at Tidal River to install the remaining 320 plants.

“It was a great community event,” says Ranger in Charge Brett Mitchell, “An opportunity for students and visitors to find out about the excellent work done by the Friends of the Prom and their work in protecting and improving this special National Park.”

The Friends not only propagate and plant trees. Over the last 30 years they have done a wide range of different jobs in the park, from maintaining tracks, collecting rubbish and removing weeds to constructing visitor facilities. The group was delighted with the weekend’s results and Friends President Deb Henry said they loved working with the students from Wonthaggi Secondary College on Schools Tree Day. 

 “It was clear they really enjoyed the day and were so enthusiastic and interested in the trees and in planting them. On National Tree Day many of those who joined us were members of local Landcare groups. They understood the importance of putting native species back into the park and planted 320 trees, shrubs and grasses in a very short space of time.”

“Both groups worked really hard, and enjoyed themselves at the same time,” said Deb.  “Visitors are usually so busy enjoying the park that they don’t get to find out what it takes to look after it. National Tree Day is a great way to show people that parks need active care. It’s also an opportunity to raise the profile of Friends groups like us, and we’ve recruited some new members which is great.”

For more information about Friends of the Prom, visit: www.friendsoftheprom.org.au

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