20,000th native plant milestone

Blackbutt BushCare, along with Shellharbour City Council and local school students, will this week celebrate National Tree Day with the planting of the 20,000th native plant as part of an ongoing program to help ‘green’ Shellharbour.
Every August since 2007, Blackbutt BushCare, Council, and local organisations have provided an opportunity for local school students to get their hands dirty and improve our local environment in celebration of National Tree Day. 
This year planting will take place at Blackbutt Forest on August 15, 16 and 17, with the 20,000th plant being planted in the ground by the Mayor and local students. 
Blackbutt BushCare and National Tree Day volunteer co-ordinator Tony Hepworth has, over the past 12 years, organised thousands of students from 21 schools to be involved in the annual three-day planting activities at Blackbutt Forest, Stoney Range and Mount Warrigal.
Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba said this year’s event was a true milestone for the city and that the environment and community had greatly benefitted from the program.
“The amount of work involved in carrying out this process and the logistics involved has been a huge effort on behalf of all involved,” Cr Saliba said.
“I’m particularly grateful to National Tree Day volunteer co-ordinator Tony Hepworth, Blackbutt BushCare, local school students, Council staff and the various community organisations for their time and effort,” Cr Saliba said.
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