“A WONDERFUL effort” from schoolchildren and Lions Club members has competed perimeter tree planting at the Cowra Prisoner of War Camp site as part of National Tree Day, says Mayor, Bill West.
And hundreds of townspeople picked up free tube-stock of popular native varieties including eucalyptus, wattle, bottlebrush, and native shrubs and grasses from a special give-away run by the Cowra Council on Sunday at the showground, he says.
“National Tree Day is a great way to focus on the importance of the regeneration of Australia’s flora, with 2800 native trees, shrubs and grasses, given away over the day,” says Cr West.
“Staff and horticulturalists were on hand to answer garden and tree-related questions and their efforts were much appreciated by the public.
“The fantastic Lions Club work at the POW Camp saw the completion of more than 600 trees perimeter-planted around the campsite to help define, regenerate and beautify this important historical site.”
The Lions Club group, calling itself the Green Guards, worked beside other community members and schoolchildren to mark the border with trees.
Schools assisting in the planting included Mulyan Public School, St Raphael’s Central School, and Nurture One Pre-School.
“Students from Cowra High School will finish off the complementary planting for the site this Thursday (August 2), a wonderful achievement all-round,” says Cr West.
Now in its 17th year, the Planet Ark initiative is celebrating the planting of more than 17 million native trees and shrubs.