Call for Wagga green thumbs ahead of National Tree Day

Wagga City Council environment education officer Alice Kent is preparing to plant more than 1300 trees on Sunday as part of National Tree Day. Council is urging residents to get involved in the mass planting that will help develop a vegetation corridor between Charles Sturt University and the Murrumbidgee River. Picture: Contributed

Wagga City Council environment education officer Alice Kent is preparing to plant more than 1300 trees on Sunday as part of National Tree Day. Council is urging residents to get involved in the mass planting that will help develop a vegetation corridor between Charles Sturt University and the Murrumbidgee River. Picture: Contributed

GREEN thumbs in Wagga have been put on notice - your help is needed to plant more than 1300 trees this weekend.

Wagga City Council will join forces with Charles Sturt University (CSU) and Wagga Urban Landcare for National Tree Day on Sunday.

Council has plenty of native trees that need planting and environment education officer Alice Kent has urged members of the public to "get their hands dirty and join in the fun.

"Grab your warm gear, gloves and gumboots and come along and help the environment by planting a native tree, shrub or groundcover at our site in Estella," Ms Kent said.

"This year we will be planting 1360 seedlings to help develop a vegetation corridor that links Charles Sturt University to the Murrumbidgee River."

Volunteers can head to Pine Gully Road, near the intersection of Estella Road, between 10am and 12pm on Sunday to be part of the mass planting.

"By planting native species we aim to promote biodiversity, help manage urban salinity and contribute to a healthy environment," she said.

"We will also be helping to enrich the vegetation corridors and improve the green spaces across our local government area."

Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear and, if possible, bring along a pair of gardening gloves.

Plants, planting instructions and some tools will be distributed on the day and a free barbecue lunch will be provided.

In addition to the community planting, 18 schools in the Wagga Local Government Area will put more than 2000 native seedlings in the ground tomorrow as part of Schools National Tree Day.

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