Stawell residents plant trees on Big Hill

STAWELL residents gathered at Big Hill for a community tree planting event to coincide with National Tree Planting Day.

Marion Kossowski collects rubbish at the arboretum.

Marion Kossowski collects rubbish at the arboretum.

Helga Saunders said the initiative brought together people of all ages at a site that has stood for generations.

"We wanted to commemorate National Tree Planting Day so we decided to replant trees at some of the disturbed areas on Big Hill," she said.

"We saw the erosion and decided to lend a hand.

"When leaf litter and top soil is removed, erosion quickly sets in, because the soil is very dispersive on Big Hill.

"While doing our planting, we were amazed by the prolific bird life, coming for food to early flowering gum trees."

Residents passionate about Big Hill have had a busy time of late, they also took time out to clean up the arboretum.

"It is a very relaxing place and once the picnic table is restored in the arboretum it will be a great place for picnics," Mrs Saunders said.

"That is our next job as we continue working hard to keep this beautiful public space accessible for generations to come."

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