City leads green teams on the trail

Thursday, 25 July 2019

The City will lead a community effort to plant out a major section of the Ted Wilson Trail on National Tree Day.

To mark the annual greening event, the City will focus attention on a one-kilometre stretch of the trail near Goldsworthy Road in Corio.

The community is invited to improve the area’s natural environment by helping to plant up to 3500 trees on Sunday 28 July.

Species to be planted included eucalypt, acacia and she-oak trees.

School students are selflessly chipping in at other planting sessions this week.

St Joseph’s Flexible Learning Centre students helped green the trail on Wednesday, with Geelong High School committing to the cause on Friday.

The Ted WilsonTrail is a 12km long shared path, which follows the alignment of the Geelong Ring Road from Corio to Herne Hill.

Through the Greenway revegetation project, 60,000 trees have been planted and two hectares of native grasses have been direct seeded along the trail.

The picturesque green boundary will offer natural shade for pedestrians and cyclists, while providing habitat for wildlife.

The plantings will also enhance revegetation works along adjacent waterways.

Created in 1996, National Tree Day is Australia’s largest community tree planting and nature protection event.

The City last year led a massive program at The Hill Mountain Bike Park, with more than 300 volunteers helping to plant 3500 new trees at the Newtown site.

The Community Planting Day at the Ted Wilson Trail will run on Sunday from 9.30am to about 3pm.

Gloves, tools and equipment will be provided, with a Lions Club BBQ and hot drinks available.

The event is supported by Barwon Water and Blood Toyota, who will provide participating children with a thank you bag for their efforts.

Greater Geelong Mayor Bruce Harwood

Last year’s community tree planting at The Hill was a huge success and we are aiming for a similar result on the Ted Wilson Trail this year.
Events such as this are a perfect chance for the community to come together and make a very real contribution towards improving our city and the environment.
They’re also great fun and very rewarding. So, if you’re free on Sunday, please head along and get involved – it would be great to see a big turnout.

Cr Anthony Aitken, Windermere Ward

The small gesture of planting a tree is one of the most rewarding activities to improve our environment.
It’s fantastic that the City has identified the north this year to be the main focus of Geelong’s participation in National Tree Day.
I encourage anyone who cares about our environment and cares about improving our north to join us on Sunday at the Ted Wilson Trail and plant a tree.

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