Virtually plant a tree to support bushfire recovery efforts
Beginning on National Tree Day, Sunday, 1 August, the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife (FNPW) is calling on all Australians to virtually plant a tree in support of ongoing bushfire recovery efforts and engaging their families to get to know, grow and protect their own backyards.
As part of its mission to plant one million trees in bushfire affected regions around the country by 2025, FNPW’s initiative “Plant a Tree For Me” is a great way to get involved in or out of lockdown. When you virtually plant a tree, a donation of just $10 will also be made, which is enought to plant and maintain a native tree in Australia’s damaged bushland, restoring habitat for our wildlife and protecting Australian wilderness for future generations.
To date, FNPW, along with partners One Tree Planted and L’OCCITANE, have provided grant funding to four Bushfire Recovery Community Nurseries in NSW, ACT and SA, which will support the recovery of critically impacted regions such as the Gondwana Rainforest World Heritage area and NSW North Coast, Mount Lofty to Kangaroo Island Connection, Wollemi National Park, the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area and the South Coast to Gippsland Corridor.
Get to know your own backyard
Meanwhile, a free educational initiative by FNPW, Backyard Buddies provides simple tips for all Australians to transform their backyards into a safe and inviting habitat haven. With Spring just around the corner, the website provides fun and informative facts about plants, trees, birds, bugs, insects, mammals, frogs and reptiles that you may regularly see, but not understand.
As home to many wildlife, you can make your garden a friendly place by building a nest box for your local Brushtail Possums, Sugar Gliders and many bird species such as the Kookaburra and Cockatoo and recycling household objects for your wildlife to enjoy. These include terracotta pipes where lizards can rest; converting your plastic children’s paddling pool into a frog pond; and using old bricks to make a bee hotel.