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Schools Tree Day

30 July, 2021

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.
Chinese proverb

Australia has over 24,000 species of native plants. Schools Tree Day is a great way to inspire students to learn about the local environment while playing an active role in their community. Planet Ark has many resources, suggested activities and toolkits to assist and schools across Australia can apply to the Seedling Bank, launched in 2019, for funding to buy native seedlings for their region.

The most common Australian native plants are:

Acacia (Wattles), with the golden wattle being is Australia’s floral emblem and Wattle Day celebrated on 1 September each year.

Eucalypts, from the silver and red snow gums of the Australian Alps to the ancient river red gums in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges, with the Blue Mountains home to the world’s most diverse range of eucalypt species and deriving its name from the blue haze believed to be created from the oil-bearing trees.

Proteaceae, a family of flowering plants, including banksias, grevilleas and waratahs

Melaleuca, known locally as paperbarks, tea trees or honey myrtles and found usually along watercourses or the edges of swamps.

Wildflowers, transforming the arid and savanna grassland areas into carpets of colour when in season.

Haemodoraceae, including Kangaroo Paw with blooming colours ranging from yellow and green to red, pink, orange or brown.

Eremophila, referred to as ‘emu bushes’ and producing fleshy fruits for animals and birds to eat.