Arbour Day Story Time a hit with families

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Arbour Day Story Time a hit with families

‘Arbour Day’ is the theme of this week’s Story Time sessions at the Mitcham Memorial and Blackwood libraries.

Families and carers who attend with their pre-schoolers enjoyed books with a ‘tree’ theme including ‘How Many Trees’ by Stephane Barroux, ‘The Terrible Plop’ by Ursula Dubosarsky and ‘Possum Magic’ by Mem Fox.

After the session, they were invited to take home a tree-themed craft activity and a native tree to plant in their backyard as part of City of Mitcham’s Arbour Day event.

Glenalta resident Faye, who attended the session with her daughter Harlow, 2, was thrilled to receive a tree.

“We’re doing up our garden at the moment, so this is perfect, we’re planning on using native species and creating a low maintenance garden.”

Lower Mitcham resident Angie, who attends Story Time with her three-year-old grandson Lachie, said she appreciated the value of planting native species.

“I have a 100-year-old gum tree at home and it’s a beautiful tree,” she said. “I think it’s a shame when developers come in and divide blocks and remove the trees – they are so important.”

Nilam was looking forward to planting their round-leaf mallee at home at Mitcham with help from her and her daughter Audielle, 2.

City of Mitcham has distributed 500 trees across the community as part of the Arbour Day initiative, which culminates with a ‘virtual tree planting’ on the first day of spring next week.

We invite residents to tune in to our Facebook page at 11am on Tuesday 1 September to learn tips on how to prepare, plant and care for a new tree.

The event aims to encourage the community to expand Mitcham’s tree canopy and raise awareness of the importance of planting native trees.

Species include Bottlebrush hakea, Gungurru, Red flowered mallee, Book-leaf mallee, Golden stalk banksia and Weeping pittosporum. Trees provide food, shelter and protection for native wildlife. The species selected by Council are hardy and attractive.

For more information on Arbour Day click here.

Story Time sessions are held on Monday and Thursday at 10.30am at Mitcham Memorial Library and Tuesday at 10.30am at Blackwood Library.