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Tree Planting for Arbor Day is Great Fun for Kids (Image Supplied)


Arbor Day is a day when we plant and care for trees. Trees are a valuable part of our streetscape (and not just for dogs), and are an essential part of the environment. We've been celebrating Arbor Day in Australia since 1889 and it's an important tradition to pass on to our children.

The State Library of SA has many historical photos of Arbor Day in South Australia's towns around the state. Nearly all of them show teams of smiling school children, enjoying the chance to escape the classroom for a while and help with tree planting.

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Planting Trees at Parkside for Arbor Day in 1923 (Image: State Library SA PRG-280-1-36-59)


While we're lucky to have a green belt of parklands in Adelaide that surrounds the city, it's always good to have more trees. You can help celebrate Arbor Day 2016 in South Australia on Sunday June 19 by joining Greening South Australia at a free community tree planting.

The City of West Torrens Council, Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management, and Greening Australia have come together to do tree planting along the River Torrens at Lockleys. The Torrens Linear Park is an awesome place to go for a walk or ride your bike, and it's always good to have a shady location to stop for a breather.

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Arbor Day 2005 at Breakout Creek (Image Supplied)


The goal for Arbor Day 2016 is to plant 4,500 new native seedlings this year, and it will need a lot of people getting their hands dirty to achieve the goal. Tree planting is great fun for kids, and by June there will be enough rain for playing in puddles and making mud pies - an important part of nature play for kids.

Other activities for kids will be on offer, including Nature Story Time for young children provided by the City of West Torrens Library on the banks of the River Torrens. All volunteers are welcome to join in a free BBQ sausage sizzle to keep up your energy levels on the day.

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Arbor Day is Dog Friendly, Visit Tedder Reserve Pooch Park After


Don't forget to bring the family Fido too, the popular Tedder Reserve Pooch Park is just down the road and well worth a visit after a hard session of native tree planting.

The Arbor Day 2016 tree planting will concentrate on the River Torrens area near the Rowells Rd bridge in Lockleys, but volunteers should meet at the corner of Tracey Crescent and Grant Avenue, Lockleys. Please bring your own gloves and gumboots. The event runs from 10am until 2pm on Sunday June 19.

To RSVP or for more information please contact the Greening Australia team on 8372 0100 or email adl.general@greeningaustralia.org.au. RSVP's are essential for catering purposes.

This will be a great day and a chance to put something back into the environment. With plenty of fun for kids and a free sausage sizzle, what more do you need?
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Why? It's fun for kids and all the family
When: 10am - 2pm
Phone: Allys Todd 08 8372 0100
Where: Corner Miranda and Netley Avenues Lockleys
Cost: Free!
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