Mitcham celebrates Arbour Day

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Mitcham celebrates Arbour Day

City of Mitcham distributed approximately 500 trees and hosted a virtual tree planting on the first day of spring to commemorate Arbour Day 2020.

Residents, schools and community groups were invited to register their interest in receiving a native tree to help increase Mitcham’s tree canopy and raise awareness of the importance of trees to our health and environment.

Species included Bottlebrush hakea, Gungurru, Red flowered mallee, Book-leaf mallee, Golden stalk banksia and Weeping pittosporum.

A group of students from Mitcham Girls High’s Sustainability Group planted five trees at their school oval.

Sustainability Group Coordinator Sharyn Clarke is researching the conservation movement in South Australia.

She said the Arbour Day tradition began in Adelaide’s South Parklands in 1889, with other colonies following suit.

“The movement was linked with educating children in regard to the value of trees and also aligned with nation-building,” she said.

As part of the initiative, celebrity gardener and Mitcham resident Kim Syrus donated his time to creating a video with tips on how to prepare, plant and care for a new tree.

Watch the video and find information about each species at www.mitchamcouncil.sa.gov.au/arbourday

Caption: Mitcham Girls High School Sustainability Group members Leela and Elizabeth helped plant five trees as part of City of Mitcham’s Arbour Day event.