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Date: 19 September 2017

September is Biodiversity Month, which aims to promote the importance of protecting and improving biodiversity both within Australia and across the world.

To celebrate, Council will be giving away native seedlings at the Maitland Regional Art Gallery this Saturday 23 September from 9.00am until all the seedlings are given away.

There will be 1,000 native seedlings available and each household in the Maitland local government area can take away up to four native shrubs or seedlings for planting in their backyards as a part of the giveaway.

Council’s Executive Manager Planning, Environment and Lifestyle Bernie Mortomore says, ‘Biodiversity is vital in supporting human life. It provides many benefits, including food, medicine and industrial products, and it supplies clean air, water, and fertile soil.

There are a number of ways individuals and communities can help protect biodiversity in their local area. Perhaps the easiest way is to create a natural habitat in your own garden. This looks good and helps to provide sanctuary for local birds and wildlife.’

Proof of residence is required for the giveaway and tenants are reminded that they should seek landlord approval if they would like to collect and plant native seedlings on the property they are renting.

For more information go to OurEnvironment/MaitlandGreening