Research shows that spending time in nature is key to growing happier, healthier, calmer, smarter and closer*, and there’s no better way to embrace these benefits than by taking part in Planet Ark’s iconic twenty-one year environmental campaign.
National Tree Day is a fulfilling opportunity to do something good for the environment and benefit from positive health and wellbeing outcomes. Participants will unite with thousands of generous, green-minded individuals to reconnect with nature, enjoy and protect Australia’s unique natural environment.
Participants can join a local site run in their community or even register to plant in their own backyard, courtyard or balcony garden.
Debbie Agnew, National Tree Day Manager, says that joining the much-loved nature campaign is an important way to connect with your community and realise your potential.
“Research shows that we are becoming increasingly disconnected from the natural world, to the detriment of our health and happiness. For every hour of outdoor recreational activity that Australians engage in, we spend seven hours in front of a screen,” she says.
“But the impacts of just adding nature are significant, including benefits to mental and physical health and wellbeing. This year’s National Tree Day theme, Grow More – Just Add Nature, highlights how we can use the power of nature to help us reach our full potential in all aspects of our lives. We all need nature to thrive!”
Last year nearly 300,000 people took part at over 3,500 sites across the country, planting more than 1.2 million native trees, shrubs and edibles and helping to green urban areas.
To find out more visit treeday.planetark.org, call the Hotline on 1300 88 5000 or visit your local participating Toyota Dealership.
National Tree Day is organised by Planet Ark in partnership with Toyota Australia and its Dealer Network which provides on the ground support at tree planting sites across Australia.
The event is supported by a host of ambassadors, including Jamie Durie, Costa Georgiadis, James Treble, Magdalena Roze, Ranger Stacey, dirtgirl, Candice Dixon and Teigan Nash.
*A series of independent reports about the environmental, health, financial, social & communal benefits of nature commissioned by Planet Ark treeday.planetark.org/research