FAMILIES across the Yarra Valley are being invited to branch out on their Mother’s Day celebrations this weekend, by taking part in a special tree planting in Badger Creek.
Mt Toolebewong and District Landcare Group are holding a Mother’s Day tree planting on Sunday 10 May, along the banks of Coranderrk Creek (Badger Creek) on the corner of Badger Creek Road and Bluegum Drive.
Split into three sessions, at 9am, 10am and 11am, the event is a relaxed way for residents to help the environment and create something long-lasting, according to Mt Toolebewong and District Landcare secretary, Karen Garth.
“People will have instructions on how to plant, put some plants in, we’ll go for a nice walk along the creek to explain why that is so important and we’ll have a cup of tea and a biscuit to finish,” she said.
Ms Garth said that participants would be able to come back to the site in later years and see their own work as the trees grew taller, and that the event would still leave plenty of time for a Mother’s Day lunch.
“It’s not going to be onerous – it’s going to be ‘plant as much as you like’, and people will perhaps go off to do other things in the valley,” she said.
“It’s a commemoration, and we want to have mums and the families coming.”
She said the event also paid tribute to mothers who might have passed on.
The planting will be the first time that a Landcare group in the area has held a Mother’s Day event, according to Ms Garth, who said it was inspired by an idea that sprang from Sydney 12 years ago.
Participants will need to bring a change of footwear, such as gumboots or something waterproof, and gloves are recommended, though they can be supplied.
Bookings are essential for each of the sessions, to avoid over-crowding, and bookings can be made by either visiting www.surveymonkey.com/s/T4Mregistration or by calling 5962 5115.
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