Hume’s home among the gum trees

The land which supports some of Hume’s ancient river red gum trees will be nurtured on Sunday 26 July 2015, as part of a Council event to mark the 20th National Tree Day.

Volunteers will help Council to plant wildflowers and native grasses below trees along Malcolm Creek in Craigieburn.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said the planting would assist to rejuvenate the soil for trees that were around 400 years old.

“There are hundreds of ancient river red gums which live beside Malcolm Creek, and National Tree Day offers a chance to give these spectacular plants some special treatment,” Cr Atmaca said.

“The trees have offered birds and native animals a home for longer than any of us can truly appreciate, and Hume is proud to treasure them.

“These gums are our true gems because they provide us with oxygen and offer generous shade for everyone who visits this beautiful area.”

Hume’s National Tree Day planting will take place around the Featherpark Way section of Malcolm Creek (Melway map reference 386 G2) from 10am until 1pm, at which time volunteers will be able to share a free pizza lunch.

Council will provide tools and seedlings, and volunteers are welcome to bring their own gloves.

Cr Atmaca said Hume was proud to offer sanctuary to many trees.

“We map more than 166,000 trees so that Council officers can systematically care for them and ensure each plant not only grows, but thrives,” he said.

“Hume employs 11 arborists and other qualified contractors who personally inspect more than 80,000 Council trees every year.

“We also plant more than 5,000 trees every 12 months along our streets and within parks, because they help improve the appearance of neighbourhoods.”

Cr Atmaca encouraged all residents to admire Hume’s trees on the weekend of 25 and 26 July 2015.

“National Tree Day allows us to pause for a moment to enjoy the shape and movement of these important plants,” he said.

“Trees are very welcome members of the Hume community, and I invite everyone to appreciate our trees as they stroll through parks like the Jack Roper Reserve in Broadmeadows and the Apex Park in Sunbury.”

For more information about the National Tree Day planting along Malcolm Creek in Craigieburn, call Hume City Council on 03 9205 2200.

Updated : 9:29 AM, 30 June 2015

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