National Tree Day takes root on the Wingecarribee River bank | PHOTOS | VIDEO

Sedges, rushes, native grasses and eucalyptus macarthurii were all part of National Tree Day in the Highlands on the bank of the Wingecarribee River.

The Wingecarribee Shire Council oversaw the planting of 1000 native plants along the bank as part of the national celebration on Saturday, October 21. 

Council’s Natural Resource Officer Paul Marshall said the team were planting the natives to improve the health of the river by stabilising the river bank and providing a habitat for native animals.

“They’re all native plants that were grown in our community nursery by volunteers, with seeds collected locally – so they’re all local provenance native plants,” he said. 

Now in its 22nd year, the initiative is run by environmental organisation Planet Ark and encourages communities to connect with and take care of their local natural environment. 

Mr Marshall said the Highlands bushcare groups had already made a huge improvement to the area. 

“Last year we had a team take out all the woody and viney leaves – [this area] was terribly infested with weeds. And then they mulched the area and did the first lot of planting,” he said.

“A little bit at a time makes a huge difference.”

The day also included bird spotting with BirdLife Southern Highlands, the launch of the Wall to Wollondilly project and native plant giveaways.