Tree Day News

Our coordinators have done a tree-mendous job!

Date: 08-Sep-16
Author: Debbie Agnew
16 lucky coordinators have just one a Canon Powershot Camera (each valued at approx $300) for their participation in the Tree Day Results Promotion.

Community Garden Transformation Competition 2016

Date: 01-Aug-16
Author: Hasmukh Chand
A huge congratulations to the Community Verge Rejuvenation Projects for winning our Garden makeover competition. We look forward to seeing how the verge transformation brings the native wildlife and locals together.

Australians celebrate 21 years of National Tree Day

Date: 31-Jul-16
Author: Sara McGregor
Green thumbs were out in force to celebrate the 21st year of Planet Ark's National Tree Day today, greening their local environments and enjoying time in nature.

School Garden Transformation Winners 2016

Date: 29-Jul-16
Author: Hasmukh Chand
Congratulations to St Peters Public School who are the winners of the School Garden Transformation Competition! We hope that this grant helps the school build the garden that can be enjoyed by the students, teachers and parents for many years.

Students grow more with nature

Date: 29-Jul-16
Author: Hasmukh Chand
Thousands of students across Australia are taking part in Schools Tree Day today. By connecting with nature, not only are these students helping to create vibrant habitats, they are also sowing the seeds of a lifelong connection with nature.

Find A Tree Day Event in Your Area

Date: 28-Jul-16
Author: Marty Middlebrook
It's National Tree Day - a fun way to get outdoors and support your local community. Visit the Tree Day website to find an event near you

Grow a Green Thumb

Date: 27-Jul-16
Author: Brad Gray
If you're not sure about how to get a seedling out of its pot or how deep to dig the hole, these videos are for you! We've put together a few How-To videos starring Ranger Stacey and Costa Georgiadis to help you get ready for the big day.

The Birds and the Trees

Date: 27-Jul-16
Author: Brad Gray
Providing food and protection for small birds in Brisbane, building a natural walk way and bike path in Melbourne, removing weeds and revegetatiing Lake Claremont in WA and creating an urban oasis in the centre of Sydney are just some of the amazing projects taking place this week for National Tree Day

Community Garden Competition

Date: 20-Jul-16
Author: Hasmukh Chand
This National Tree Day, Planet Ark and Toyota are giving you the opportunity to win $7,500 worth of garden makeover for your local area. This is a fantastic opportunity to bring a little green oasis which can be enjoyed by your family, friends, neighbours and community.

Stressed? Sleep Deprived? Book A 10-Minute Date With Nature

Date: 13-Jul-16
Author: Claire Bell
Let's pretend there was a magic potion for improved wellbeing. This potion would reduce your risk of diabetes, stroke, cardiovascular disease and even depression.

Adding Trees - A Prescription for Health, Happiness and Fulfilment

Date: 06-Jul-16
Author: Hasmukh Chand
Technology is everywhere. Research shows when we give the bleepin' gadgets a break and just add nature, we grow healthier, happier, brighter, calmer and closer. The connections we used to make with our family, friends and neighbours are now increasingly becoming virtual. Planet Ark's latest research has found that 51% of Australians tun to social media as a form of stress management. This is just fuelling our isolation from loved ones.

Meet the Tree Day Team - We're Here to Help

Date: 01-Jul-16
Author: Marty Middlebrook
All of us at Planet Ark are busy as ever supporting more than 2000 coordinators nationwide who make Tree Day happen. Below are a few faces who have worked for Planet Ark and National Tree day for a number of years. These are the ones who respond to your emails, phone calls and general enquiries about the event.

Ten Years of Bringing Value to the Community

Date: 30-Jun-16
Author: Rebecca Gredley
National Tree Day is coming up soon, so we spoke to Tony who has been a site coordinator for the past six years at Lane Cove National Park. Find out why Tony is so passionate about National Tree Day and the value it brings to his local community.

The Importance of Green Public Spaces

Date: 17-Jun-16
Author: Hasmukh Chand
There has been a growing shift towards greening urban spaces as councils recognise the value of trees to people and wildlife. National Tree Day offers a great opportunity for Councils and local community to get together and beautify their local spaces.

The benefits of gardening for little people

Date: 03-Jun-16
Author: Hasmukh Chand
Little people benefit in big ways from time spent in nature. The benefits of nature to young children are well known. Time to get growing.

Inspirational teachers share their story on improving student performance (CPD points)

Date: 27-May-16
Author: Hasmukh Chand
On the 16th June, Planet Ark and Cool Australia hosted their very popular Grounds for Learning Webinar. Our wonderful panel shared their Schools Tree Day stories. You can hear their inspirational stories below.

Grow More With National Tree Day

Date: 01-Mar-16
Author: Rebecca Gredley
National Tree Day is a fun, inspiring way to spend time outdoors with family, friends and your local community. Planet Ark and our friends at Toyota are looking for site coordinators for Schools Tree Day on Friday 29th July and National Tree Day on Sunday 31st July to help make it happen.

Get Your 2016 Environment Action Planner

Date: 28-Jan-16
Author: Rebecca Gredley
Whether you want cartridge recycling box, get in contact with nature or plant a tree - we have a campaign for you

Back at work? keep that vacation feeling with some 'Green' time...

Date: 19-Jan-16
Author: Claire Bell
Am I still on my summer vacation I hear you ask? No, I'm on my lunch break, spending time in nature. Research confirms the benefits of time spent in natural environments.

Give someone a (indoor) tree this Christmas!

Date: 21-Dec-15
Author: Claire Bell
Still looking for that perfect last minute gift? We've come up with some indoor plant recommendations which not only look good but also clean the air and bring a little bit of nature into your home.

Schools Tree Day 2015 Winners Announced

Date: 06-Dec-15
Author: Marty Middlebrook
Just in time for Christmas - the Tree-mendous Nature Craft competition entries are now online. So check them out and get inspired to create something beautiful.

2015 Grow Up With Nature Photo Competition Winner Announced

Date: 25-Sep-15
Author: Debbie Agnew
Wollongong family wins the Planet Ark and dirtgirlworld Grow Up with Nature Photo Competition and a $1,000 nature getaway. Check out our competition photo album to see the amazing entries, the winning photo and how Aussie parents are inspiring a love of nature in their children...

Fun & Easy Gardening Tips For Kids

Date: 19-Aug-15
Author: Debbie Agnew
There's nothing kids love doing more than getting their hands dirty. Whether it's raining or the sun is out, making mud pies or finding wriggly worms in the ground, it always puts a smile on their faces.

A Rock 'N' Roll Tree Day

Date: 21-Jul-15
Author: Emily Donnelly
Aussie legend Jimmy Barnes is best known for the time he spends on stage belting out classic rock songs. Find out what else he does in his spare time!

Wise Words From An Eleven-Year-Old

Date: 24-Jun-15
Author: Emily Donnelly
It's often said that kids are our future. Fortunately many of them are thinking creatively about how we can all live more sustainably.

Planet Ark Ambassadors Honoured

Date: 28-Jan-15
Author: Brad Gray
In this week's Australia Day Awards two of Planet Ark's ambassadors - Layne Beachley and Jackie French - have been recognised for their contribution to Australia.

The Real Tree Day Stars - Our Site Coordinators

Date: 23-Jun-14
Author: Jess McCallum
Site coordinators are the heroes of National Tree Day. Organising thousands of events across the country, they bring the event to life and enable communities nationwide to experience the joy of planting and participate in greening up their local environment. But it's not all giving - there's a lot to be gained from being one of these superstars. We stopped by to chat to Wendy May from the Noosa & District Landcare Group, who tells of her experience - and why you should become one this year, too. Find out more...

Celebrating an Amazing Milestone


Date: 17-Jul-15
Author: Emily Donnelly
We think it's pretty amazing that National Tree Day has reached its 20th year. But what's even more amazing is that some site coordinators, like Rae Broadfoot of the City of Sydney, have been there from the very beginning.

Grow Up With Nature - Competition

Date: 17-Jul-15
Author: Emily Donnelly
How would you like to be in the running to win a #GreenBalloon prize worth $1000 with your family and experience the great outdoors like never before?

A Rock 'N' Roll Tree Day

Date: 17-Jul-15
Author: Emily Donnelly
Aussie legend Jimmy Barnes is best known for the time he spends on stage belting out classic rock songs. These days, there's nothing he likes better than spending time in the country with his grandkids.

A Nature Playground In Our Concrete Jungle


Date: 08-Jul-15
Author: Emily Donnelly
Last Thursday, Planet Ark and Toyota hosted the Grow Happy event, which saw the creation of a nature playground right in the heart of the concrete jungle that is Sydney.

If It Makes You Happy


Date: 01-Jul-15
Author: Emily Donnelly
When was the last time you got outside and did something fun? Statistics show that only one in ten children today play outdoors more often than indoors.

Grow Happy at Customs House: Nature Playground


Date: 29-Jun-15
Author: Planet Ark
Planet Ark and sponsor, Toyota Australia, have constructed a nature playground on the forecourt of Customs House at Circular Quay!

The Dalai Lama blesses tree in the 20th year of National Tree Day


Date: 10-Jun-15
Author: Emily Donnelly
"Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions"- His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

Dig in for National Tree Day, volunteer as a Site Coordinator.....


Date: 14-May-15
Author: Claire Grant
Planet Ark is celebrating 20 years of planting trees this year and once again we are asking Australians to volunteer as a site coordinator for National Tree Day on Sunday 26 July and Schools Tree Day on Friday 24 July.

Free Teachers Webinar - The Nature of Learning


Date: 12-May-15
Author: Claire Grant
Learn why time in nature is critical for learning and development in children and teens. Find out how to create nature-rich learning environments. Hear from like-minded teachers and receive practical advice on how to implement nature-time and sustainability practices into your daily teaching and learning programs.

With Vertical Gardens the Plant-abilities Are Endless!


Date: 04-May-15
Author: Debbie Agnew
You can create a lush oasis just about anywhere. Inside or out. On the floor or on a wall. In a tiny apartment or in the boardroom. The plant-abilities are endless with vertical gardens. Take it from the team at Planet Ark, we just installed green walls in our reception area, meeting room, hallway, kitchen and work area. And the best news is you don't need a green thumb to have a green wall thanks to the Productive Garden Co who specialise in affordable, easy to assemble, modular, vertical gardens made from 100% recycled products. You wouldn't believe how easy, cost effective and infectiously fun these green walls are. Check them out and see our new transformed office!

When You Get Outside .......

Date: 24-Apr-15
Author: Claire Grant
We urgently need to wake up to link between human health and the natural environment and make a personal and and collective commitment to reconnect with the great outdoors

Help Create a Nature-Rich Learning Environment at Your School


Date: 16-Apr-15
Author: Claire Grant
Join Planet Ark and over 280,000 educators, children and parents in celebrating Schools Tree Day the week of Friday July 24, 2015.

Thank You To The Women Who Make National Tree Day Happen


Date: 06-Mar-15
Author: Claire Grant
Women are true leaders in keeping their families, schools and communities connected to and caring for nature. With International Women's Day this weekend Sunday 8th March, the team at Planet Ark would like to say a sincere thank you to the amazing women who have helped make National Tree Day a much-loved campaign.

Sacred Forests: An Eco-friendly Alternative to Coffins

Date: 04-Mar-15
Author: DEBBIE AGNEW
The idea of coming full circle and returning back where we came from is one that appeals to many of us, regardless of our faith, and this is the idea of a beautiful new burial method developed in Italy.

Could Plants Be The Key To Improving Employee Motivation?

Date: 25-Feb-15
Author: DEBBIE AGNEW
It has been common knowledge for some time now that access to the natural elements improves wellbeing. In 2014, Planet Ark released research on how plants enhance employee motivation and productivity and now a new report by sustainability experts Interface and organisational psychologist Professor Sir Cary Cooper further reinforce these findings.

Bear Grylls' Children's Manifesto

Date: 16-Feb-15
Author: TV survivalist and father of three sons, Bear Grylls, wants to see computer games banned, troubled teenagers compelled to climb mountains and mandatory community service brought in for all, as part of a "manifesto" to save the next generation.

Don't Be Short-sighted - We Need Nature To Thrive

Date: 28-Jan-15
Author: DEBBIE AGNEW
New research cited in the Sydney Morning Herald shows the world is facing a rapidly growing incidence of myopia (or short-sightedness). But there is one simple remedy - "Spending 14 hours or more time outdoors per week can reduce myopia by up to one third."

Grow A Greener Christmas


Date: 04-Dec-14
Author: Zo Zhou
Wondering how you can keep nature close these holidays? Check out these ideas for Christmas memories that will grow with your family and friends...

Yarra Ranges Special Development School Wins Visit From Kids' TV Sensation Dirtgirl


Date: 25-Nov-14
Author: Debbie Agnew
Yarra Ranges Special Development School has won Planet Ark's Schools Tree Day Photo Competition ahead of 200 schools nationwide, laying claim to a new school garden and visit from ABC4Kids television and Internet sensation, dirtgirl.

National Tree Day Bears Fruit in 2014


Date: 26-Aug-14
Author: Marty Middlebrook
Planet Ark's flagship tree planting campaign has branched out to more than planting trees. It's about inspiring our generation to get into nature and grow, whether it's planting at your local park, growing vegies in your backyard or school or greening your workspace. Check out the amazing things that took root in 2014...

Create a Better Future in Enviroweek


Date: 15-Aug-14
Author: Claire Grant
Who wouldn't want to be a Sparky, Trader or Wild Child? Well if you're a teacher (or have kids at school) you can take up the challenge and help the environment during Enviroweek, which is organised by our great friends Cool Australia.

Have a Dirty Weekend at Home


Date: 26-Jul-14
Author: Brad Gray
There are literally hundreds of National Tree Day events happening around the country this weekend. But if you can't make it along to one of them or can't find one in your area don't feel left out. You can take part at home!

Students Get Into Nature


Date: 25-Jul-14
Author: Brad Gray
Research released by Planet Ark for today's Schools Tree Day shows that parents value a green playground as highly as academic achievement when choosing their children's school.

Putting the Garden in Kindergarten


Date: 25-Jul-14
Author: Brad Gray
There are a host of famous faces ready to get dirty to help Planet Ark make National Tree Day a huge success. Find out why Wes Fleming, the winner of the 2013 Chelsea Flower Show, has joined our much- loved team of ambassadors.

A Sky High Record For Perth


Date: 24-Jul-14
Author: Brad Gray
More than 2,200 students, teachers, businesses and members of the community are attempting to plant 100,000 seedlings in one hour at Whiteman Park in Perth!

Trees For Life South Australia Are Offering Planting Kits


Date: 18-Jul-14
Author: Damian Dabrowski
South Australian environmental organisation, Trees For Life (TFL), is asking residents to get down to one of 116 Foodland stores and buy a National Tree Day planting kits for just $1.

Free D.I.Y. 'How to Plant A Tree' Workshops at Bunnings Stores for Tree Day


Date: 17-Jul-14
Author: Marty Middlebrook
Bunnings Warehouses across the country (excluding South Australia) will be offering workshops on how to plant, care and maintain native trees the weekend of Tree Day (26 -27 July). Kids with little green thumbs will learn to plant and decorate gardening pots with recycled materials.

Nature Kids - Movie Screening held at Surry Hills in Sydney.

Date: 01-Jul-14
Author: Planet Ark
Nature Kids is an enlightening documentary about the connection between kids and nature, and the positive effects of children playing in and learning about nature.

What Is Nature Worth?


Date: 24-Jun-14
Author: Marty Middlebrook
Planet Ark launched a Tree Give Away at Customs House in Circular Quay where Planet Ark have created an urban jungle to promote our research report: Valuing Trees

Free Trees For Victorian Schools And Groups


Date: 23-Jun-14
Author: Marty Middlebrook
2 Million Trees Victoria are again supporting Victorian schools and community groups for Tree Day this year

Join Planet Ark's Schools Tree Day Competition

Date: 20-Jun-14
Author: Marty Middlebrook
Enter Planet Ark's Schools Tree Day Competition and your school could win an amazing schoolyard garden and a once-in-a-lifetime visit by dirtgirl, ABC4Kids TV sensation.

Growing Minds: The Nature of Learning - Video Available Online


Date: 19-Jun-14
Author: Marty Middlebrook
You can now view the recording of the Teachers Webinar, Growing Minds: The Nature of Learning held on Tuesday 17th June 2014 online.

Forestry Tasmania Provide Free Trees And Shrubs To Schools!


Date: 10-Jun-14
Author: Marty Middlebrook
Forestry Tasmania have 8,000 trees and shrubs for Tasmanian schools participating in Schools Tree Day in 2014.

Celebrating 25 - Landcare Local Grant Program


Date: 08-May-14
Author: Jess McCallum
Many of the National Tree Day family - our coordinators and volunteers - come from Landcare, the grassroots movement caring for nature in local communities from the coast to the outback. To celebrate their 25 years of caring for Australia, Landcare is giving away grants! Find out more...

Become a site coordinator for National Tree Day 2014


Date: 26-Feb-14
Author: Jess McCallum
It's that special time of year when we're recruiting the important people that make National Tree Day happen across the country - our site coordinators! You've got what it takes! Find out more...

How to be sweet to your local bees

Date: 13-Jan-14
Author: Zo Zhou
As more of the world falls in love with our humble pollinators, hives and bee hotels are popping up everywhere from restaurant rooftops to community gardens. Find out how your garden can benefit from a little bee friendly sweet-talking...

Beautiful Blooming Garden award goes to...


Date: 27-Nov-13
Author: Zo Zhou
As part of Planet Ark's Schools Tree Day and the generous support of our friends at Bunnings, Manly Village Public School took part in their first ever planting starting 12 garden beds and vegie patches. The garden has flourished over the last 4 months and they have just won Manly Council's 'Beautiful Blooming Garden' Award for Best Community/School Garden!

Winner of our Wolgan Valley Resort nature getaway


Date: 11-Oct-13
Author: Planet Ark
With 500 heart warming entries to our backyard memory competition, choosing a winner for the Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa nature getaway was no easy task! Check out the winning entry...

Share your thoughts for an even better Tree Day next year!


Date: 26-Aug-13
Author: Zo Zhou
Have an idea or feedback to share? Let us know so we can help improve your experience for 2014. Simply fill out our quick one page tailored survey - it shouldn't take more than a few minutes.

A Seedsticks giveaway for you to grow your garden!


Date: 09-Aug-13
Author: Zo Zhou
Whether you missed your local Tree Planting event or simply want to bring the Tree Day experience home, it's not too late to bring a little green home. Tell us what you're planting at home and we'll send you 2 Free Seedsticks packs to help you Get Outside and Grow in your very own garden!

Schools' Get Outside and Grow Photo Competition Winners

Date: 06-Aug-13
Author: Zo Zhou
We received almost 200 entries from schools across Australia showing us how they were getting their students to Get Outside and Grow! Check out the winners...

Thank you Australia for helping us plant a greener future!


Date: 29-Jul-13
Author: Zo Zhou
Thank you so much Australia for planting the seed for a greener future. This year we've seen over 3,900 events run by schools, councils, community groups, families, dedicated individuals, Toyota dealers and other businesses take part.

Bunnings on board to help YOU plant in your backyard


Date: 16-Jul-13
Author: Zo Zhou
In celebration of Planet Ark's National Tree Day on Sunday 28 July 2013, Bunnings Warehouses will be running free D.I.Y 'How to Plant a Tree' workshops aimed to encourage residents to get outside and grow and plant trees in their backyard...

Show your little self growing up in the Great Outdoors and WIN!

Date: 10-Jul-13
Author: Zo Zhou
Post a photo from your childhood OR a photo of your child outside in nature - #NationalTreeDay and be in to win one of ten Tree Day prize packs!

Typical Aussie outdoor lifestyle no longer reality


Date: 01-Jul-13
Author: Zo Zhou
Planet Ark's 2013 research, sponsored by Toyota, reveals shrinking backyards, screen time and long working hours have concerning implications for Australia's renowned outdoor way of life and our health. Read more about the report...

FREE Seedsticks for little green thumbs


Date: 25-Jun-13
Author: Zo Zhou
SeedsticksĀ® are helping schools plant the seed for a brighter future. Any school registered for Schools Tree Day will now be eligible to claim 3 SeedsticksĀ® packs, including natives, herbs and veges! Get growing at your school...

Toyota ranked Best Global Green Brand third year in a row


Date: 13-Jun-13
Author: Zo Zhou
Congratulations Toyota for maintaining their #1 spot in the Best Global Green Brand rankings for the third year running! Toyota Australia are not only the main partner of National Tree Day - Planet Ark also endorses their Hybrid Synergy Drive technology. Find out more about the technology...

WIN one of three vertical gardens for your school!


Date: 12-Jun-13
Author: Zo Zhou
A preschool, primary and high school taking part in Schools Tree Day will WIN the makings of a spectacular vertical garden (valued at $500). Students will be able to plant a year round "living wall" with native plants, vegies and/or herbs. All they need to do is show us how they Get Outside and Grow! Enter now...

Growing Curriculum and Learning Outcomes


Date: 29-May-13
Author: Zo Zhou
Make learning about our natural world exciting, while making your role easier. Leverage free engaging curriculum aligned Schools Tree Day educational resources that can be taken straight into the classroom!

Dig in for the Planet on World Environment Day - Wed June 5


Date: 29-May-13
Author: Zo Zhou
Join Planet Ark's pledge to plant the 20 million seedling since National Tree Day began. Register your environmental commitment and take part in the country's largest community tree planting and nature-care event. Individual actions when multiplied can make an exponential difference to the planet. You can make a world of difference.

Seedsticks to help schools raise greener funds for Tree Day


Date: 16-May-13
Author: Zo Zhou
Planet Ark is proud to announce that Seedsticks will be the official supplier of specially designed Schools Tree Day seed packs. Teachers and students can bring nature into the classroom or get the community growing to show their support for Australia's largest planting and nature care event! Each pack contains ten seedsticks designed to make planting a breeze, with a range of easy-to-grow natives, herbs and veges. Find out more...

Help Grow Tree Day

Date: 07-May-13
Author: Zo Zhou
Wanting to help more of your network be part of Australia's biggest tree planting and nature care initiative? Find out how a Tree Day event can help foster a love of nature in your community...

Toyota steers towards a greener future


Date: 19-Apr-13
Author: Zo Zhou
Our long term National Tree Day Sponsor Toyota recently celebrated the sale of 5 million hybrids!

Plant a Memory

Date: 19-Apr-13
Author: The Tree Day Team was recently sent a photo of the 'Legacy Garden of Appreciation' which, in the lead up to ANZAC Day was a powerful reminder of how beautiful a tree or garden planting can be as a way of honoring loved ones or marking milestones. Find out more ...

Want a bright green fundraiser for your Schools Tree Day?

Date: 15-Mar-13
Author: Zo Zhou
This year a hundred lucky schools can take part in a Bright Green Fundraiser selling Seedsticks for their Schools Tree Day event. Raise money in a responsible way, cover the cost of your plants and seedlings while engaging students, neighbors, and local businesses in a fun and educational way to green your school.

Green thumbs wanted to help plant 20-millionth seedling

Date: 15-Mar-13
Author: Planet Ark is calling for the help of green-minded individuals, who want to make a difference in their community, to run a tree planting site or nature-care activity for National Tree Day. You'll be part of a milestone event, as Planet Ark and sponsor Toyota Australia prepare to plant the 20-millionth seedling since the event began in 1996.

Congratulations to the Speak for the Trees Competition winners!

Date: 13-Sep-12
Author: Zo Zhou
We were blown away by the TREE-mendous efforts of the 120 schools and preschools that said they "Speak for the Trees" for National Tree Day's official competition! Take a peek at the winners and other entries...

A HUGE Thank You From Planet Ark


Date: 31-Jul-12
Author: Zo Zhou
With your support, National Tree Day 2012 was a great success - find out why it was super special this year and how you can help extend the Tree Day experience.

Nature Deficit Disorder

Date: 26-Jul-12
Author: Janet Sparrow
Leading international speaker Richard Louv, author of Nature Deficit Disorder, is visiting Sydney and hosting a free forum at the State Library on the evening of Wednesday 8th August. Richard will speak with passion and purpose on the growing disconnect between children and nature and the impact of this on their psychological, physical and spiritual health and wellbeing. Find out more here...

'Green time' helps learning and wellbeing


Date: 27-Jun-12
Author: Zo Zhou
Planet Ark and Toyota's recent study "Planting Trees - Just What the Doctor Ordered" points to the more human benefits of connecting with nature through events like National Tree Day.

Will you be one in 2 million in VIC?


Date: 15-Jun-12
Author: Zo Zhou
Victoria's 2 Million Trees initiative will provide trees for National Tree Day sites in VIC to help their aim of planting over 2 million native plants in the area before 2014.

Sowing The Seeds Of Love With Landcare For Singles

Date: 08-Mar-12
Author: Lucy Band
So, do you plant here often? That's the question that will be on the lips of a new generation of environmental volunteers across the country thanks to the new Landcare for Singles and Coastcare for Singles campaigns.

The Oldest Plant To Be Regenerated

Date: 27-Feb-12
Author: Lucy Band
The Silene stenophylla is considered the oldest plant ever to be regenerated, thanks to the Institute of Cell Biophysics under the Russian Academy Of Sciences.

Could You Be A National Tree Day Coordinator?

Date: 06-Feb-12
Author: Lucy Band
Ever wondered what it would be like to coordinate a tree day event in your local community or school? To give you an idea we asked some of last years first time coordinators to tell us what they thought.

Get on board for National Tree Day!


Date: 06-Feb-12
Author: Lucy Band
Planet Ark is calling on all Australians to get involved in National Tree Day and help inspire their local communities to value and care for the environment.

There's never been a better time to plant trees!

Date: 06-Feb-12
Author: Lucy Band
Lions Clubs have supported National Tree Day since the event began in 1995. In 2012 this partnership takes on a new significance.

Greening Australia Regional Biodiversity Workshops

Date: 11-Jan-12
Author: Lucy Band
Throughout January, Greening Australia will be running a number of workshops focussing on guiding and establishing biodiverse plantings throughout the landscape. Find out more...

Announcing the winners of our Schools Competition


Date: 29-Nov-11
Author: Lucy Band
The winners of the 'Life is Better with Trees' schools competition have been drawn. Find out which schools have won some great prizes...

Thanks a Million Australia

Date: 02-Sep-11
Author: Jodie Lewin
The National Tree Day 2011 results are pouring in and we want to say thanks a million. That's one thank-you for every tree, shrub or grass that was planted for Tree Day. Find out more...

Toyota, Ford to Collaborate on Hybrid Trucks


Date: 25-Aug-11
Author: Reuters
Toyota Motor Corp and Ford Motor Co will work together to develop hybrid trucks and SUVs that will be ready for market by the end of the decade, the two companies said on Monday.

National Tree Day in action!

Date: 16-Aug-11
Author: Lucy Band
Check out this video of a 2011 National Tree Day event in Burwood, Melbourne, to see what Tree Day is all about.

Thank You From Planet Ark


Date: 04-Aug-11
Author: Lucy Band
National Tree Day 2011 was a great success and we couldn't have done it without the hard work of so many. Thank You!

Colonial First State Supports National Tree Day


Date: 04-Aug-11
Author: Lucy Band
To support National Tree Day 2011 Colonial First State held a breakfast raffle. Find out what they raised for this great event and how your business could involved in 2012.

Today is National Tree Day


Date: 31-Jul-11
Author: Lucy Band
Hundreds of thousands of volunteers in communities across Australia are getting their hands dirty today, planting native trees and shrubs for National Tree Day, Australia's largest community tree planting and nature care event.

Today is Schools Tree Day !


Date: 29-Jul-11
Author: Lucy Band
Today, more than 200,000 primary and secondary students from over 1,500 schools across Australia will escape from the classroom and get outdoors to help make a positive impact on the environment.

RSVP to a Tree Day event to WIN!


Date: 21-Jul-11
Author: Lucy Band
WIN one of five gift packs from Pure and Green Organics valued at $50 each. Read on to find out how.

Teachers Health Fund Help to Grow Tree Day


Date: 20-Jul-11
Author: Lucy Band
Find out how Teachers Health Fund are helping to grow National Tree Day and why we give them an A+ for environmental effort !

Competition winners - Costa is coming to visit!


Date: 18-Jul-11
Author: Lucy Band
The winners of our early bird registration competition have been drawn and this Tree Day they will have garden guru Costa Georgiadis attending their site. To find out who the lucky winners are, read on.

Question Time with National Tree Day Ambassador Lee Kernaghan


Date: 14-Jul-11
Author: Lucy Band
Australian of the Year Lee Kernaghan has been a National Tree Day ambassador for the last 12 years. So we caught up with Lee to ask him a few questions, about his experience with the campaign and why he thinks Life is Better with Trees!

National Tree Day - Getting Aussie Kids Back Outdoors


Date: 04-Jul-11
Author: Lucy Band
Research commissioned by Planet Ark and sponsored by Toyota released today shows most Aussie kids don't climb trees anymore. Find out more.

Congo To Plant A Million Hectares Of Trees By 2020

Date: 10-Jun-11
Author: Lucy Band
The Republic of Congo will plant 1 million hectares of trees by 2020 to restore degraded forest and provide wood for paper and fuel, the president said on Friday.

'Giving Consumers the Environmental Edge'

Date: 08-Jun-11
Author: Lucy Band
Planet Ark has launched Environmental Edge, a series of information-based television advertisements designed to help consumers understand the environmental benefits of a range of products and services.

Synthetic trees capture carbon

Date: 28-Apr-11
Author: Lucy Band
Scientists at New York's Columbia University are developing a synthetic tree that removes CO2 from the atmosphere. The researchers say the tree, if mass produced, could make a significant difference to the quality of the air we breathe

Green Thumbs Required


Date: 05-Apr-11
Author: Lucy Band
We're looking for green thumbs and gardening enthusiasts to coordinate National Tree Day sites across the country. You'll join thousands of other Aussies getting their hands dirty and by registering early you could win a visit to your site from Garden Guru, Costa Georgiadis of SBS's Costa's Garden Odyssey.

Keep Your Kids Fit & Healthy with Tetra Pak Kids


Date: 28-Mar-11
Author: Lucy Band
Tetra Pak Kids are hosting Free events in Sydney that you and your kids can attend; focusing on exercise, nutrition and fun! Find out more.

Help us celebrate our 18th birthday and win prizes

Date: 11-Mar-11
Author: Lucy Band
Tell us what you would like to see Planet Ark achieve in the next few years, and you'll go in the running to win a share in over $900 worth of prizes!

Eco-Farming Can Double Food Output By Poor - World Environment News

Date: 09-Mar-11
Author: Lucy Band
Many farmers in developing nations can double food production within a decade by shifting to ecological agriculture from use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, a U.N. report showed on Tuesday.

UK forest Sale Plan Scrapped After Outcry - World Environment News

Date: 22-Feb-11
Author: Lucy Band
The British government on Thursday scrapped its controversial plans to sell the bulk of England's publicly owned forests after intense public opposition.

Flood Recovery Initiative Call for Help

Date: 31-Jan-11
Author: Lucy Band
Conservation Volunteers is Australia's leader in coordinating volunteer involvement in environment protection and repair. Not surprisingly, they are receiving an unprecedented number of requests for help in the aftermath of Australia's biggest natural disaster. They are urgently seeking help to support the flood-devastated communities in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales. Read on to find out how you can lend a helping hand.

Life is Better With Trees ....? It sure is !


Date: 15-Dec-10
Author: Lucy Band
The "Life is Better with Trees" Competition has been judged and we have our winners! Read on to find out which of our Tree-Tastic entries came out on top and what prizes they won for their schools.

The Australian Tree Stories winner is .....

Date: 14-Sep-10
Author: Lucy Band
We were overwhelmed with the response to the Australian Tree Stories competition and would like to thank everyone that entered. So THANKS!

Even more time to celebrate how life is better with trees!

Date: 25-Aug-10
Author: Tracey Yong
Planet Ark have extended the closing date for the "Life Is Better With Trees" Schools competition to Friday 29 October 2010. Best of luck to all participants!

Help combat climate change with Landcare Australia and ClimateWatch

Date: 12-Aug-10
Author: Tracey Yong
Find out how you can join Julia Gillard in the fight against climate change.

Thanks from Planet Ark

Date: 03-Aug-10
Author: Tracey Yong
A big thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who participated in National Tree Day and Schools Tree Day this year.

Investing In Native Trees


Date: 23-Jul-10
Author: Tracey Yong
Colonial First State is helping hundreds of native trees find good homes this National Tree Day.

Register your kindy or preschool activities to win!

Date: 13-Jul-10
Author: Tracey Yong
Click here to find out how you can win one of 50 copies of Peter Carnavas' new book "The Last Tree in the City"

Three trees can offset an average size home's annual lighting output

Date: 01-Jul-10
Author: Michelle Cook
Not only is planting native trees and shrubs a great thing to do to give back to the environment, you can now offset your home's annual lighting needs by planting just three trees

"Life is Better With Trees" competition is now open!

Date: 16-Jun-10
Author: Tracey Yong
Planet Ark is delighted to announce the National Tree Day "Life is Better with Trees" competition, open to all primary (K-6) classes nationwide with $10 000 worth of cash grants up for grabs!

Picnics and Dragways?

Date: 20-May-10
Author: Tracey Yong
What do dragways, koalas, business and picnics have in common? National Tree Day, of course!

Share your stories with us on our National Tree Day facebook page

Date: 07-May-10
Author: Tracey Yong
Planet Ark has just launched a National Tree Day facebook page so post your pics and tell us all about your Tree Day adventures!

New school resources available now!

Date: 01-Apr-10
Author: Tracey Yong
Check out our new 'Earth Alive' curriculum resource to help young Australians investigate local biodiversity.

What are you doing this National Tree Day?


Date: 11-Mar-10
Author: Planet Ark
Planet Ark needs site coordinators to help plant 1 million new native trees and shrubs!

Tree Day goes Troppo


Date: 23-Nov-09
Author: Michelle Cook
Tropical Tree Day is coming up on Sunday 6 December which means it's time again for the residents of Australia's far north to get growing!

The results are in

Date: 08-Sep-09
Author: Michelle Cook
Branches of Aussies take part in National Tree Day!

Share your National Tree Day experience with the world!

Date: 17-Aug-09
Author: Michelle Cook
Add your National Tree Day images to our new online gallery

Today is National Tree Day

Date: 02-Aug-09
Author: Michelle Cook
All around Australia, green thumbs great and small are gathering their gardening gear in anticipation for National Tree Day!

Today is Schools Tree Day!

Date: 31-Jul-09
Author: Michelle Cook
Students from about 2,000 Australian primary and secondary schools are today rolling up their sleeves and playing in the dirt for an important environmental cause.

Help us reach 15 million seedlings!

Date: 30-Jul-09
Author: Michelle Cook
It's not to late to register your site. If you're holding a tree-planting event for National Tree Day then make it count!

Jumping Geraniums


Date: 28-Jul-09
Author: Michelle Cook
Meet our Schools Tree Day ambassador Fifi Forget me not

Australia's largest community tree-planting event is one week away


Date: 26-Jul-09
Author: Michelle Cook
In one week's time, more than 300,000 Aussies will get growing for Planet Ark's National Tree Day!

Site Coordintor Competition winners announced!

Date: 26-Jul-09
Author: Michelle Cook
Congratulations to our winners

Tree-planting resource now available


Date: 07-Jul-09
Author: Michelle Cook
Correctly planting a tree and giving it the best chance of survival has never been easier with Planet Ark's new how to plant a tree resource

The countdown to National Tree Day is on!

Date: 02-Jul-09
Author: Michelle Cook
There's now only one month to go until National Tree Day, so what are you waiting for? Get Growing!

Watch now: An interview with Jamie Durie


Date: 18-Jun-09
Author: Michelle Cook
Jamie Durie, one of National Tree Day's longest supporters, talks about his involvement in Australia's largest community tree-planting event.

Get growing this National Tree Day for your chance to win!

Date: 15-Jun-09
Author: Michelle Cook
National Tree Day is fast approaching and Planet Ark needs volunteer Site Coordinators to register and run tree-planting sites on Sunday 2 August as well as on Schools Tree Day, Friday 31 July.

Register now for National Tree Day


Date: 05-Jun-09
Author: Michelle Cook
Registration lines are now officially open and the race is on to recruit volunteer site coordinators for National Tree Day!

Jack Thompson digs in on World Environment Day


Date: 05-Jun-09
Author: Michelle Cook
This World Environment Day, Australian film and television actor and National Tree Day Ambassador, Jack Thompson, is urging all Australians to join Planet Ark's tree-planting revolution as National Tree Day volunteers.

Supporting Tree Day Sites

Date: 19-May-09
Author: Caroline Jones
From mulch to manpower, Planet Ark receive wide ranging and varied offers of help for National Tree Day sites.

Celebrity Ambassadors announced

Date: 12-May-09
Author: Michelle Cook
Planet Ark welcomes back Jamie Durie, Shelley Craft and Ranger Stacey as Ambassadors for this year's National Tree Day campaign.

Start a tree-planting revolution

Date: 12-May-09
Author: Michelle Cook
Planet Ark is calling on Australians to help it start a tree planting revolution by registering as volunteer Site Coordinators for National Tree Day. Volunteers that take part have the opportunity to teach future generations how to care for and preserve Australia's native environment.

Alternative National Tree Day Dates Announced

Date: 26-Feb-09
Author: Caroline Jones
Planet Ark insures a range of dates for tree planting and other activities throughout the year.

Tropical Tree Day Gets Underway

Date: 03-Dec-08
Author: Michelle Cook
On Sunday 7 December 2008, volunteers from Australia's top end will get growing for Planet Ark's Tropical Tree Day.

The Results Are In!

Date: 11-Sep-08
Author: Karen Billington
Planet Ark is delighted to announce the results of National Tree Day 2008.

National Tree Day Thank you!

Date: 30-Jul-08
Author: Karen Billington
A big thank you and congratulations to everyone who coordinated a tree-planting site and volunteered to plant trees over the weekend for National Tree Day.

National Tree Day: THIS WEEK!

Date: 21-Jul-08
Author: Karen Billington
This Friday 25th July is Schools Tree Day and this Sunday 27th July is National Tree Day. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers will plant native trees and shrubs as a part of this year's effort to get growing.

Dr Katrina Warren digs in for National Tree Day


Date: 07-Jul-08
Author: Karen Billington
Celebrity Vet Katrina Warren and her dog Toby are big supporters of National Tree Day.

Launch of the Get Growing Education kit

Date: 07-Jul-08
Author: Karen Billington
Planet Ark is please to announce the launch of its Get Growing education kit for primary schools. Find out more...

Primary Schools can 'Get Growing!' with our free Environmental Education Kit

Date: 01-Jul-08
Author: Caroline Jones
Planet Ark Environmental Foundation is delighted to announce the release of its 'Get Growing!' Environmental Education Kit for primary schools.

The countdown to National Tree Day is on!


Date: 30-Jun-08
Author: Michelle Cook
With less than a month to go before National Tree Day arrives, Students from Banks Public School and Epping West Public School in Sydney braved a cold winters night to kick-off the countdown to the big day!

Join in with Arbor Week and Tree Day in Victoria

Date: 25-Jun-08
Author: Caroline Jones
This week Victoria celebrates Arbor Week, an annual week of planting native species of plants combined with environmental education activities.

One Month To Go...

Date: 23-Jun-08
Author: Karen Billington
National Tree Day 2008 is well under way with only one month to go before Schools Tree Day and National Tree Day

Competition Winners

Date: 23-Jun-08
Author: Karen Billington
Congratulations to the winners of the 2007 Saving Endangered Ecosystem Award

National Tree Day launches on World Environment Day 5th June

Date: 02-Jun-08
Author: Karen Billington
National Tree Day launches today, World Environment Day Thursday 5th June.

Fifi and the Flowertots

Date: 23-May-08
Author: Karen Billington
Schools Tree Day has a new ambassador. It's Fifi! from Fifi and the Flowertots. Fifi currently spends most of her day on Nick Jnr and ABC Kids but has set aside some time from her busy schedule to join us at the Schools Tree Day Sydney media site on July 25th and has also recorded a special Television Ad just for Schools Tree Day. You can read a special message from Fifi and view her picture here...

National Tree Day hits the Big Screen...

Date: 23-May-08
Author: Karen Billington
You can now see National Tree Day featured in a special cinema advertisement at Hoyts cinema's around the country. Be one of the first to view the ad

Tree Day Tips From AABR

Date: 06-May-08
Author: Australian Association of Bush Regenerators
When deciding what activities are appropriate for Tree Day in your local area, please consider the following advice from The Australian Association of Bush Regenerators.

National Tree Day Community Service Announcement

Date: 01-May-08
Author: Karen Billington
National Tree Day wouldn't be anywhere without the wonderful individuals and groups that annually get involved with the event.

National Tree Day teams up with Ninemsn messenger

Date: 01-May-08
Author: Karen Billington
Planet Ark has teamed up with Ninemsn to encourage everyone to spread the word and get your buddies involved with National Tree Day using Messenger.

National Tree Day Celebrity Ambassadors

Date: 01-May-08
Author: Karen Billington
Each year around 300 000 people get involved with National Tree Day, and this includes our wonderful celebrity ambassadors!

Google Maps for Find-A-Site

Date: 30-Apr-08
Author: Ian Bridges
Find-a-site for National Tree Day now features maps from Google showing site locations at a glance.

Get Growing! for National Tree Day

Date: 28-Mar-08
Author: Karen Billington
Planet Ark, Toyota and the AMP Foundation are calling on all Australians to Get Growing! for National Tree Day.

Great Success for Tree Day

Date: 04-Dec-07
Author: Ian Bridges
Thanks to your efforts National Tree Day 2007 has been a great success.

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