Guides go green
Thursday, 15th August, 2013
By Craig Brealey
The youthful enthusiasm of the Girl Guides and a good turnout of other volunteers helped make the planting of trees in Queen Elizabeth Park on Sunday a thoroughly enjoyable occasion, according to City Council.
Twenty-five Guides joined another 25 members of the public and Council’s Tidy Town Committee in planting just over 100 trees, shrubs and ground cover in the park for National Tree Planting Day.
The weather was warm and sunny and City Council shouted everyone to a barbecue lunch as a way of thanking them for all their hard work.
“We generally do get a reasonable turnout at these annual events and we were really pleased at the number of people there. I think the numbers were stronger this year than last,” said Council’s Manager of Infrastructure, Paul DeLisio.
“It was great to see the Girl Guides. They are regular participants and certainly help add liveliness and enthusiasm to the day, which is terrific,” Mr DeLisio said.
“We are always pleased when clubs get involved in our volunteer events. It also tends to be an event that attracts families, particularly with young children, which is always nice to see.”
Over the last six years, the Tidy Towns Committee and its helpers have planted more than 750 plants in and around the city to make the landscape and environment more pleasant for everyone, Mr DeLisio said.
On Sunday they planted coral gums on the footpath along the Brazil Street side of the park and melaleucas along Chapple and Lane streets.
The trees were also planted inside the park, and around a seating area for shade, along with decorative grasses and a white-flowering ground cover.
“Council and the Tidy Towns Committee would like to thank the volunteers who gave up their time to help out on the day and we hope that each year can be as successful,” Mr DeLisio said.
He also invited anyone who would like to become a member of the Tidy Towns Committee to give Council a call.