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Get outside for National Tree Day

Forget Christmas in July, it’s time to celebrate our trees.

National Tree Day is Australia’s largest community tree-planting and nature care event held on Sunday 28 July. Every year, schools, businesses, councils and community groups plant trees to give something back to the land we live on with the aim to plant one million trees. It was all started by PlanetArk and Olivia Newton-John way back in 1996 because, well, trees are beyond awesome and deserve our appreciation. 

Trees make places beautiful, they provide shade from the heat, they make Autumn absolutely enchanting and there’s even evidence to suggest they reduce crime just by being around – more shade, less shady characters we say. Let’s celebrate!

How to get involved

There are council and community-led tree-planting events held around Australia which need all the volunteers they can get – find one near you.

But there are other things you can do just for fun…

Buy a tree

And plant it if you can. Trees seem like a big commitment, but buying the right one can add a whole lot of character and charm to your home. Even if you rent, you can leave the tree for the next tenant to enjoy.

If you don’t have a garden to plant the tree in, head to your closest Plant Life Balance accredited nursery and chat with an expert about which varieties work well in pots.

Visit a tree

Enjoy a smorgasbord of trees by strolling through your nearest botanic gardens, or even partake in some forest bathing. We’ve collated lists of some of our favourite parks and gardens around the country – check them out here.

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Have you heard the news? New research shows planting 1 trillion trees is by far the biggest and cheapest way to tackle the climate crisis! 🌲 As trees grow, they absorb and store the carbon dioxide emissions that are driving global heating. New research estimates that a worldwide planting programme could remove two-thirds of all the emissions that have been pumped into the atmosphere by human activities, a figure the scientists describe as “mind-blowing”. “It is available now, it is the cheapest one possible and every one of us can get involved.” said Prof Tom Crowther at the Swiss university ETH Zürich, who led the research. Individuals could make a tangible impact by growing trees themselves, donating to forest restoration organisations and avoiding irresponsible companies. So what are you plans this weekend? We know what we'll be up to. Go forth and plant! via @Guardian 📸 @get.lost.in.paradise

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Hug a tree

Unsurprisingly, it’s quite therapeutic. There’s evidence to suggest that playing in green spaces, including touching and climbing trees, can help reduce the severity of modern conditions like ADHD. 

National Tree Day is on Sunday 28 July, get involved here.

Got a question? Talk to an expert. Check our nursery finder to find your closest Plant Life Balance-accredited nursery.

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