The following is a media release from Bathurst Regional Council

Bathurst Regional Council and Planet Ark are inviting residents to take part in a local National Tree Day event on Saturday, 29 July.

This year’s event will take place at O’Keefe Park located along Eglinton Road, Abercrombie. The aim of the event is to assist with rehabilitating the Macquarie River by planting native riparian plants along the banks of the river.

Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM said this year’s theme “Be Inspired: It’s in Our Nature” highlights how nature ignites our inspiration, creativity and purpose, as well as offering significant health and wellbeing benefits.

“National Tree Day is a fulfilling opportunity to connect with our local community, to do something good for our environment and experience the many benefits that come from spending time in nature,” he said.

Over the last three years, Council and volunteers have been revegetating this section of the river as part of the “Restoring Regent Honeyeater Habitat in the Bathurst Region” project.

To date, over 4000 plants from the Casuarina Gallery Forest community have been planted to replace the weeds that were removed. This year’s National Tree Day site is the last section along the riverbank in O’Keefe Park to be revegetated with native plants.

Date:           Saturday 29 July 2017
Time:           9.00am to 12.00pm. Arrive anytime throughout the morning.
Location:       O’Keefe Park, 230 Eglinton Road, Abercrombie

The find the location, use the park gate on Eglinton Road, next to the grid of gum trees, and walk towards the river.

Please bring drinking water, wear a hat, covered shoes and clothing, and bring drinking water. Council will provide volunteers with equipment for planting and training – so no prior experience is required. Gloves will be provided, however if you have your own please bring them.