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Students from 15 Townsville schools have taken part in School’s National Tree Day, receiving more than 1,300 native trees to plant in their school grounds.

The students and teachers were also pleased to meet special guests National Tree Day Ambassador and North Queensland Toyota Cowboy Johnathan Thurston and Ranger Dan and his native animals.

Deputy Mayor Cr Vern Veitch said the annual event celebrated the importance of trees and was an opportunity to educate the next generation.

“Townsville City Council has been taking part in Planet Ark’s Schools National Tree Day for 16 years and in that time has given out thousands of plants to local schools to beautify and establish their grounds,” he said.

“This year 14 local high schools and primary schools have received 1,364 native plants with most schools taking up the 100 trees on offer. 

"The variety of trees, plants and shrubs will be planted at the school to expand their gardens, create shade and beautify their grounds.

“Trees are a critical part of our environment but they are often taken for granted.

"Schools Tree Day gives us the opportunity to engage the younger generation in the appreciation of trees and educate them on their importance in our daily lives.”

Wednesday's event comes ahead of the community celebration this Sunday for National Tree Day.

National Tree Day is organised by Planet Ark in partnership with Toyota, the North Queensland Toyota Dealers and Toyota's extensive dealer network, and encourages all Australians to come together with their local community, sporting group or local school to plant trees and give back to the environment.

Toyota's involvement in National Tree Day initiatives reflects the company's positive support of both the environment and local communities.

The National Tree Day community tree planting will be held on Sunday 27 July, 8.30am-11am at the riverbank behind Murray Skate Park.

The event will include displays, demonstrations, free face painting, free sausage sizzle and kids corner.

Bring your gloves, water, closed-in shoes and remember to be sun smart.

North Queensland Toyota Cowboy Matt Scott will be there to help with the plantings and every registration goes into draw to win a family pass to the Cowboys v Sea Eagles home game on Saturday 6 September. 

More information:

>>> National Tree Day
>>> Toyota's commitment to National Tree Day

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