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National Tree Day

National Tree Day

Knox National Tree Day 2020

Historically, we have celebrated National Tree Day on the first Sunday of August with a large gathering of volunteers who come together to plant saplings in an allocated Knox reserve. This year, the Coronavirus restrictions on public gatherings has unfortunately meant we had to cancel our annual event.

So instead, we would like to celebrate a little later than usual, on Sunday 1 November by encouraging our community to plant a tree in their own backyard and share the experience with us via social media. We are pleased to involve the Knox Environment Society (KES) who have provided free indigenous plants for those who registered ahead of the day. We'd love to see photos or videos of your backyard planting so please share by tagging us and use #KnoxNationalTreeDay.

Knox Tree Trails

We would like to introduce you to our tree elders who are standing tall in many of our bushland reserves, creek corridors and open spaces in Knox. We have created a series of Tree Trails to help you discover our tree elders across a number of reserves including:

  • Dandenong Creek, Bayswater to Wantirna Map
  • Boronia Road, Boronia Map
  • Fairpark Reserve (Blind Creek), Ferntree Gully Map
  • Wally Tew Reserve (Ferny Creek), Ferntree Gully Map
  • Corhanwarrabul Creek, Rowville (Bunjil Way to Stud Rd) Map

We encourage you to explore the trails close to you and follow them to find out more about each tree. Look carefully for the many animals - insects (like bees), micro bats, birds and possums that the trees provide shelter, food and breeding opportunities for. Keep an eye out for hollows in the trunks and branches of the trees, these can take more than 80 years to form and provide shelter and breeding opportunities for many animals.

To find out more about individual trees, or to tell us why certain trees are special to you, please send an email to Tree Talk

Remember to stay within the 5km radius of your home. To check the proximity of the trails please refer to 5km from home

Did you know that trees:

  • Provide oxygen for you to breathe
  • Clean the air we breathe, and filter our drinking water
  • Provide shade to cool your homes, streets and city
  • Help reduce water pollution and flooding
  • Contribute to our health and wellbeing

Each week a significant tree from one of the Tree Trails will be profiled - this week it is ‘Warun’ who sits on the Ferny Creek bank adjacent to Wally Tew Reserve in Ferntree Gully.

Introducing Wurun, Manna Gum
“I am Wurun, I stand proudly to represent all that is good about trees. Wurun is the aboriginal name for Manna Gum. The Wurundjeri and Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation named me. My mission is to teach the world about the importance of protecting trees.”

Over his long 150+ years Wurun has seen many changes to the area including losing some of his best tree friends. With his age and wisdom, he wants to warn the world that cutting down trees will damage the environment and leave no more homes and food for the special animals found in Knox- such as the colourful Crimson Rosellas and the agile Sugar Gliders. But Wurun hasn’t lost hope though, he believes that with collective efforts from all in Knox; young and old: the unique plants and animals can enjoy and thrive in Knox just as us humans are! - and better yet, Wurun can live on for many years to come - maybe late into his 200s!

Where to find Wurun
Along the Ferny Creek trail approaching Wally Tew Reserve, near the pedestrian bridge along Brenock Park Drive Map

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Corporate Citizenship or Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) describes how a business commits to and becomes involved in initiatives contributing to the interests and welfare of their employees, customers, the environment and the community.

This is a great CSR opportunity for businesses to contribute to their local environment and community. The plants will provide valuable habitat and food sources for local wildlife and will build on existing habitat to extend wildlife corridors.

Find out how Knox City Council can assist your business to get involved in the community.

Warun Manna Gum
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