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Date: 21 July 2017

To celebrate National Tree Day on Sunday 30 July, Council will be hosting a tree planting event at Walka Water Works. The event will kick off at 9.30am with the community invited to help plant around 400 native seedlings.

Registrations for the event will be taken on the day and participants are required to wear enclosed footwear and long pants and bring along sun protection and water. Planting tools will be provided and refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the event.

Council’s Group Manager Planning, Environment and Lifestyle Bernie Mortomore says, ‘By planting native species at Walka Water Works the community will assist in providing food and shelter for native fauna and help discourage the growth of weeds in the local environment.’

If you can’t make it to the tree planting, then come along to Council’s seedling giveaway at Walka Water Works on Wednesday 26 July from 12.00pm until all the seedlings are distributed. One thousand seedlings will be given away, with residents able to collect up to four free native seedlings for planting in their own gardens.

Residents are reminded that they will need to show proof of residence in the Maitland LGA to receive seedlings and that seedlings will only be provided for one property per person. Tenants should seek approval from landowners prior to collecting plants.

As a part of the seedling giveaway event on 26 July, representatives from Solo Resource Recovery and Australian Native Landscapes will be on site to answer questions about your garden organics bin. They will also have free bags of compost to giveaway.

The Hunter Region Landcare Coordinator will also be there to help answer any questions about community environmental projects.

To find out more about National Tree Day go to