National Tree Day, co-founded in 1996 by Planet Ark and Olivia Newton-John, has now grown into Australia’s largest community tree-planting and nature protection event.
Since its inception, National Tree Day has led to the planting of more than 25 million trees by more than 4 million people. Planet Ark is now putting the call out to Australians to help plant one million new native trees and shrubs across the country.
Groups of Seasons residents were more than happy to answer to call by adding new native plants to the leafy surrounds of their communities.
Seasons communities Caloundra, Bribie Island, Mango Hill, Kallangur, Waterford West, Sinnamon Park, Redbank Plains and Eastern Heights all held tree planting ceremonies to mark the occasion, with green thumbed residents turning the soil while other residents watched on.
Apart from the benefit to the environment, trees have been proven to have a positive effect on health and wellbeing.
Researchers from Toronto in Canada conducted a large study of 31,000 adults to investigate whether residents who live in an urban area with more trees reported feeling healthier and had few cardio-metabolic conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease.
The researchers collected information about the residents’ health conditions, income, education and their own health perception and then combined this data with satellite imagery and public data on half a million trees in Toronto. The study found that planting ten or more trees in a city street, on average, increased how a person rated their health and decreased their cardio-metabolic conditions.
Similarly, trees have been proven to lower levels of the stress hormone Cortisol with findings suggesting that “contact with natural environments promotes psychological restoration, improved mood, improved attention and reduced stress and anxiety.”
Seasons residents often report that gardening keeps them healthy and active and that the gardens within their communities offer a place to relax.