National Tree Day brings together some of our favourite things – being out in nature, connecting with other families, getting our hands dirty and giving back to our community. It was started in 1996 by Planet Ark and Olivia Newton-John. And today is Australia’s largest community tree planting and nature protection event.
Planet Ark is asking Australians to help plant one million new native trees and shrubs across the country. And thanks to City of Parramatta Council, we can help plant 10,000 of those trees at Third Settlement Reserve in Winston Hills on Sunday 28th July from 10am to 1pm.
We’ve enjoyed spending a few hours planting trees as a family for the last few years. And look forward to the final part of a three-year project to add 10,000 native plants to the endangered ecological community at Third Settlement Reserve, along Toongabbie Creek.
On top of planting trees, Parramatta’s National Tree Day event has fun entertainment and some food options, including:
- Fun for the kids – wildlife display, face painting, biodiversity games, pop-up library
- FREE Lions Club sausage/ veggie sizzle for the first 1,000 people
- 500 native plants to give away to plant at home
- Tree painting and Darug tool making
- Ice cream and coffee stands
The family friendly event kicks off at 10am at Third Settlement Reserve on Edison Parade (opposite Euclid Street) in Winston Hills. Make sure you bring drinking water and wear sturdy closed-in shoes, a hat and sunscreen.
When you arrive, you’ll be put into a group and provided with information on what is happening. And then you can get pick up some tools supplied by Council and start planting. Or enjoy the different activities.
And if the kids still have energy to burn once you’re done at the event, there’s a fun playground for young kids a short walk away.
It’s near the corner of Edison Parade and Oakes Road, a few hundred metres away. And there’s a nice walk along Toongabbie Creek to get there. You’ll also find toilets and picnic shelters near the playground.
And there’s also a lovely water hole, right next to the event, to visit.
City of Parramatta supports Plastic Free July. No water bottles or cups will be provided at the National Tree Day event. Please make sure you bring your water bottle. A water refill station will be available on site.
To register to attend Parramatta’s National Tree Day event, head to the Plantark website.
Finding Parramatta’s National Tree Day Event
Parramatta’s National Tree Day event is in Third Settlement Reserve. It is most directly accessed from Edison Parade, near Euclid Street, in Winston Hills. There is only street parking on surrounding roads. Alternatively, you can catch a bus there.