National Tree Day is a Planet Ark initiative that aims to inspire, educate and recruit Australians to actively care for the land and create future generations of committed environmental custodians.
As Australia's largest community tree-planting and nature-care event, National Tree Day is a great way to get outside and connect with nature.
Climbing trees, touching trees, spending time outside in the cool of the shade they provide and even just looking at trees provides enormous benefits to our health and well-being.
Seriously, what's not to love about trees?
As in past years, National Tree Day will again be held over two days in 2017.
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This year the community-wide National Tree Day will be held on Sunday, July 30, which will be preceded by Schools Tree Day on Friday, July 28.
Having started in 1996, more than three million people have planted 23 million seedlings on National Tree Day, while around 200,000 students each year participate in a planting event designed just for them.
Australia is a big country with a number of climatic variations. However, the experts say that July on average is the best time for planting trees Australia-wide.
However, with that widely varied climate, there might be areas that do not suit this time of year for planting.
That’s why "any day is Tree Day" and Planet Ark offers an option to run your town or region’s own Tree Day (while also using July’s National Tree Day for other tree-related community conservation efforts).
Participants are encouraged to use plants native to their local area. As they have adapted to the specific conditions in an area, natives will be more likely to thrive.
- For more information about taking part in, or organising a National tree Day event, visit treeday.planetark.org.