Local children lend a hand in tree planting

Planting native trees in Eastwood

Some local children got their hands dirty today, helping Hornsby Shire Council plant native trees in Eastwood’s Somerville Park.

“We really appreciate their help and this is a great opportunity for them to learn the value of our native vegetation,” Hornsby Shire Mayor Steve Russell said.

“They now have an even greater stake in the future of our Shire and many years from now they’ll be able to point out the trees they planted to their own children and grandchildren.”

The tree planting was part of Council’s rehabilitation of Somerville Park.

“This patch of grassland has been underutilised by people and it makes far more sense to give it back to the local wildlife,” Mayor Russell said.

“By doing this we’re turning Terrys Creek back into a flora and fauna corridor that will greatly assist local biodiversity.

“An added bonus is that we will no longer have to pay for the lawn mowing and other maintenance of the site.”

Already more than 800 native trees and shrubs have been planted on the site by local volunteers.

“The job is still far from complete and we’re always looking for more volunteers,” Mayor Russell said.

The next planting will occur on National Tree Day on 26 July.

If you would like to be involved please phone Council’s bushcare team on 9847 6362.

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