EXCITED: St Augustine’s Primary School students get ready to plant on Schools Tree Day with the help of teacher Erin Bennett and Coffs Harbour Toyota dealer principal Warren Skinner.
EXCITED: St Augustine’s Primary School students get ready to plant on Schools Tree Day with the help of teacher Erin Bennett and Coffs Harbour Toyota dealer principal Warren Skinner. Gemima Harvey

Toyota drives Schools Tree Day

COFFS Harbour Toyota helped out with Schools Tree Day at three local schools yesterday.

Long-term Schools Tree Day supporter St Augustine's Primary School was joined by first-timer Toormina High School and Mullaway Primary School, which is now in its third year of supporting the event.

This year marks the 20th year of environmental foundation Planet Ark's Schools Tree Day on July 24,

Planet Ark has again partnered with Toyota and its national dealer network to get communities and schools across Australia involved in the initiative.

Planet Ark has supplied the local schools with trees and Coffs Harbour Toyota is supplying tree guards, gloves and t-shirts for the students.

Through Schools Tree Day and National Tree Day, which falls two days after on Sunday, July 26, Planet Ark and Toyota hope to educate the nation on the value and importance of preserving the environment.

This is Australia's largest community tree planting and nature care occasion.

Since 1996, the two annual events have been responsible for the planting of more than 21 million trees, plants and edibles, with 3.5 million Australians donating their time throughout the years.

In 2014 alone, more than 300,000 Australians pitched in across some 3500 sites, with more than 1.4 million plants added to local communities.

"We're very excited to be able to celebrate this significant milestone for National Tree Day," Coffs Harbour Toyota dealer principal Warren Skinner said.

"Toyota has a long tradition of supporting local communities and Schools Tree Day is a great way for us to give something back.

"Our team is just thrilled to be able to show our support with the kids at the local schools."

Anyone and everyone can get involved in National Tree Day through visiting the website treeday.planetark.org or contacting their local participating Toyota dealership.

To get the latest information on the initiative, visit http://www.toyota.com.au/tree-day.



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