Planting the seeds of family trees

IT took only one demonstration and nine-year-old Sam Hutchinson had his tree-planting method 'down pat'.

“First you pat the bottom of the pot, then you take the plant and put it in the hole. Then you put the woodchips around, but don't put them too close to the plant or you'll kill it,” Sam, of East Lismore, said.

“Planting a tree makes me feel like I've done something good for the environment.”

Yesterday was National Tree Day, and hundreds of families across the North Coast took the opportunity to get their hands dirty.

Sam, his brothers Blaire and Jesse, and their dad Iain Alexander were doing just that at a tree-planting event near Lismore's Gas Works Creek.

“It will be good to have this area regenerated and healthy,” Mr Alexander said.

“It makes better use of the space around town.”

Kristin Den Exter, from the Wilsons River Landcare Group, said while most landcare work involved pulling weeds out, tree planting was a 'feel good' event.

“We're planting local native trees, shrubs and grasses,” she said.

“We're hoping to transform this area to improve the look, improve water quality, and create animal habitat.”

The event was sponsored by City Toyota and Lismore City Council, which provided trees, mulch and afternoon tea.

National Tree Day is Australia's largest community tree-planting event.

This year, tree-planting events were held at a number of locations on the Northern Rivers, including the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens, Crystal Castle near Mullumbimby, Angels Beach at Ballina, and at Brunswick Heads.

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