I probably don’t need to tell readers of this blog about the importance of trees in our environment (and that includes where we live, not just “out in the bush”!), so I’ll keep it short and point you towards some resources to find out what’s happening near you on Tree Day. Stick your postcode in and it’ll show you the events planned in your area. There looks to be a number of things in the Wollongong/Shellharbour/Southern Highlands area.
Why have I got a picture of Lee Kernaghan? He’s one of the National Tree Day ambassadors for 2012!
Earlier this year, Planet Ark developed a report on the benefits of interaction with nature for children’s health, wellbeing and development. You can access the full report here: Planting Trees: Just What the Doctor Ordered (2.7 MB PDF).
I fully expected the report to say that spending time in nature helps children’s mental health, development, gross motor skills, etc. But I was surprised to learn that children who spend time outdoors have lower incidence of myopia (short sightedness) and have lower average BMI (body mass index) compared to children who spend most of their time indoors. There are real, measurable, health benefits to getting the kids outside.
Toyota has been a sponsor of National Tree Day for more than a decade now, and to help promote it this year they’ve given me a $100 Bunnings voucher to give away to a lucky reader. That’d buy you a few nice trees. Thanks Toyota!
To be in the running for the voucher, leave a comment below telling everyone what your favourite Australian native tree is. I’ll pick the winner randomly (one entry per person) at midday on Sunday (AEST).
Apologies to overseas readers, but this contest is for people in Australia only. The voucher wouldn’t be much use to others anyway! Feel free to leave a comment still, but just let me know if you’re not in Australia.
Oh, and my favourite native tree? I’d have to say Macadamia, although I do like Illawarra Flame Trees and red flowering gums as well. Oh, and of course wattle!