National Tree Day is Australia’s largest tree planting and nature care event and it’s coming to the Eastern Suburbs in a big way on Sunday, 31 July 2022.
Established in 1996, by environmental group Planet Ark, it has grown into Australia’s largest community tree-planting and nature care event. The program is a call to action for all Australians to get their hands dirty and give back to their community.
Each year, around 300,000 people volunteer their time to engage in environmental activities that educate Australians about the world around them. While every day can be Tree Day, Australians now dedicate their celebration trees to the last Sunday in July. It’s a day to venture outdoors, get to know your community and, most importantly, have fun!
Each of the councils covering the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney will celebrate with trees planting activities that are open to the public to come along, get their green fingers and thumbs out and drop a seeding into the ground for future generations to enjoy.
Kids may have already participated in Schools Trees Day on the Friday before, 29 July 2022. So they’ll be one step ahead.
Why plant trees?
Trees are natural carbon sequesters – meaning they absorb and capture carbon from our atmosphere. The timber they produce is also an important, environmentally friendly building material because it stores carbon and is a renewable resource. So it’s important we continue to plant trees and look after our natural environment.
Being in nature is also good for your health and wellbeing! Having a dedicated day to plant a tree (or more) gets us all out and into our beautiful landscapes.
Where to plant trees on National Tree Day 2022 in the Eastern Suburbs
Local government area: Woollahra
Details: Woollahra Council will plant a range of locally native plants at this ocean foreshore site to beautify the park and extend the habitat corridor for small birds and other wildlife. Mayor. Cr Susan Wynne (pictured) will be onsite herself planting some crucial seedlings.
Location: Christison Park, Old South Head Road, Vaucluse, NSW 2030
When: Sunday, 31 July 2022 9:30am to 12:30pm
Local government area: City of Sydney
Details: The recent naturalisation of Johnstons Creek conducted by Sydney Water has provided the opportunity to extend the City’s bush restoration planting at this site.
Location: 2 Chapman Road, Annandale, NSW 2038
When: Sunday, 31 July 2022 10:00am to 12:00pm
Local government area: Waverley
Details: Centennial Parklands regeneration. Randwick council will be planting grasses, shrubs and trees to restore remnant Eastern Suburbs banksia scrub – an endangered ecological plant.
Location: Meet at Greenhouse Café, Grand Drive, Centennial Park, NSW 2021
When: Tuesday, 23 July 2022 10:00am to 1:00pm
Local government area: Bayside
Details: The Landing Lights Wetland is the largest remaining area of salt marsh, an endangered ecological community, left in the Eastern Suburbs. On National Tree Day 2022 Bayside Council will be planting shrubs and grasses along the boardwalk at the entrance to the wetlands.
Location: Landing Lights Wetland, Arncliffe, NSW 2205
When: Tuesday, 23 July 2022 12:00am to 3:00pm