National Tree Day Celebrations for 2021
August 2, 2021
Clean, fresh air to breathe; reduced greenhouse gases; beautiful wildlife; improving the land’s capacity to adapt to climate change. These are our goals for our future generations, and why Torque Toyota has been involved with Planet Ark’s Schools Tree Day, and National Tree Day, for the past 14 years and counting.
Last Friday 30 July, as part of Australia’s largest annual tree-planting event, we were proud to work with six local schools across Brisbane and Moreton Bay, to help educate the children on the importance of taking care of their natural environment and making a difference in their community.
Mango Hill State School, Hercules Road State School, Jinibara State School, Boondall State School, St. Margaret’s Anglican Girls School, and Sesame Lane Regency Street Childcare Centre all got involved, with Torque Toyota donating a total of over 250 native Australian plants for kids to plant on the day.
With many schools embracing our First Nations cultures, beliefs and traditions with their choice of bush tucker plants – including Midyim Berry, Native Ginger, Lemon-scented Tea Tree, Blue Tongue and Cinnamon Myrtle – along with other natives, we were excited to help bring Schools Tree Day alive.
In addition to planting, Boondall State School took the opportunity to expand on their current Boondall Eco Club activities, encouraging students to enter a ‘Nude Food Lunch Photo Competition’ as part of their goal to eliminate plastics in the school, and inspiring the school community to get involved with their ‘Containers for Change’ recycling program.
St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School chose to bolster their veggie garden as part of their Schools Tree Day activities, planting a range of fruit and vegetables to further educate students on the value of the land, plus other native plants and shrubs.
On Sunday 1 August for National Tree Day, many public and private planting events took place right across Australia. A number of our Torque Toyota team used this opportunity to plant a tree in their own backyards in honour of the important day.
One of the most rewarding parts of our involvement with Tree Day each year is hearing feedback from participants. This year, it’s these comments from two of the students that has us feeling all the feels!
“It was fun digging and planting trees with my class, and helping make our school green and pretty!”
Jasmine, 5 years old
“It was good! The dirt was squishy. I made a plant bed with my friends.”
Zahlia, 3 years old
Together, we can make a difference to our planet, and Torque Toyota looks forward to engaging our local community for National Tree Day for many more years to come.
To learn more, visit: https://treeday.planetark.org