Tree planters out in force

YOUNG trees found new homes across the Coffs Coast yesterday as Landcare, local councils and community groups joined forces for National Tree Day.

Events surrounding the day saw more than 1000 new fruiting or flowering native habitat trees provided by Coffs Harbour City Council planted in parks and reserves.

Both river valley towns and coastal areas benefited from new greenery.

Orara Rivercare Group project officer John Ogburn said 20 members of the Coramba Landcare Group spent the morning at Coramba's Two Bridges Park on the bank of the Orara River, planting three-metre tall coachwoods and watergums, provided as advanced natives in 35 litre tubs by Coffs Harbour City Council.

The group also planted more than 100 lomandras.

Mr Ogburn said the riverbank site was really beginning to show the benefits of the group's work, with about 300 metres of riverbank now cleared of privet.

"Six months ago you could not reach the river," Mr Ogburn said.

Archie Hunter Memorial park at Nana Glen also received new trees, as did Mackays Road, Emerald Beach, Hills Beach, Hearnes Lake and Toormina Velodrome.



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