Connect with nature this National Tree Day

Cowra Council is encouraging Cowra residents to plant trees, maintain their green spaces and connect with nature for Planet Ark's National Tree Day.

"National Tree Day is one of the best ways to connect with nature and with our communities, do our bit for our local environment and experience the many benefits of spending time outdoors," said General Manager, Paul Devery.

Cowra Council's National Tree Day event is taking place at the Cowra Showground on Sunday 29 July from 9am to approximately 12pm, or until stock lasts.

This year Council will be giving away 2800 native trees, shrubs and grasses to Cowra Shire residents, with a limit of six per person.

Last year over 250,000 people participated in National Tree Day, planting more than 920,000 plants at around 3,200 sites. This brings the initiative's overall tally of trees planted to almost 24.5 million over 22 years.

Rebecca Gilling, Planet Ark's CEO, hopes that Australians will beat last year's planting count and plant at least a million trees, grasses and shrubs.

"The number of trees planted is great to see but what matters most to us is seeing people connecting with each other in nature, using tools as simple as shovels and as complicated as smartphones to better understand and care for our natural environment."

National Tree Day is organised by Planet Ark in partnership with Toyota Australia and its Dealer Network. To find out more visit, call the National Tree Day Hotline on 1300 88 5000 or contact your local participating Toyota Australia Dealership.