Trees for a hopeful future – Tree planting at Moonee Ponds Creek
26.07.2015 – Tree planting at Moonee Ponds Creek
On National Tree Day, 2700 seedlings were planted on both sides of Trestle Bridge with great attendance by local residents and community groups. The World Mission Society Church of God attended bringing 54 passionate volunteers who planted 430 trees along the Moonee Ponds Creek.
For three hours the volunteers actively participated in the campaign starting at 1 pm, carrying and planting the seedlings and putting up tree guards. The volunteers worked in unity and achieved a great result.
The tree planting was part of the Melbourne Water community project. A commemorative plaque, recognising the contribution of Allan and the late Dorothy Thomson towards the conservation of the natural environment, was unveiled.
Kelvin Thomson MP gave a speech saying, “When you look back now, you can see the trees in the valley and realise that most of these trees were planted in the last 25 years. You can see just how successful it has been and what a contribution it has made. It’s great to see the local residents come and support this activity.”
Volunteer Chantel said “It’s great to see members of the community coming together to help the environment. If they didn’t volunteer, there wouldn’t have been trees in the park. It’s amazing to know that 25 years ago someone planted these trees and now they have all grown up. I’m happy that the trees I planted today will still be there over 20 years from now.”
Volunteer Jukti said “I love the environment which God created for us. Trees are very important because they provide oxygen to live. That’s why I join these tree planting events.”The Church of God in Melbourne plans to join National Tree Day every year to make a contribution by planting trees around the Moonee Ponds Creek as part of their environmental campaign.