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A gathering of people in in the Duck Pond at South Lismore at last year's National Tree Day. (Picture Darren Coyne)
A gathering of people in in the Duck Pond at South Lismore at last year’s National Tree Day. (Picture Darren Coyne)

Lismore City Council has partnered with the South Lismore and Duck Pond Landcare Group to host a National Tree Day event on Sunday, 30 July from 10AM.

But prior to the event, volunteers will be on site this coming Saturday for a working bee to prepare for the influx of eager tree-planters.

The Duck Pond in South Lismore is a 27 hectare site with its own 1 hectare wetland on Leycester Creek that volunteers have been restoring for around three years.

The site hosted National Tree Day last year, with about 200 people turning up to plant around 2000 trees.

Weed control, tree planting, an access road and staircase, and the installation of picnic tables has made it a community friendly site popular for picnics, walks and bird watching. Around 50 species of birds have been recorded at the site to date.

Early this year the group was awarded a Fish Habitat Action Grant from the Recreational Fishing Trust to restore a further hectare of the site along Leycester Creek and the northern edge of the wetland with work well under way by professional bush regenerators.

The Duck Pond has been transformed from a jungle of weeds to a community space. (supplied)
The Duck Pond has been transformed from a jungle of weeds to a community space. (supplied)

While the opposite riverbank and elsewhere took a battering in the flood, the Duck Pond is a deposition zone so received a thick layer of river sand which buried the exotic vines and destroyed some trees.

National tree day comes at the perfect time to plant a further 1000 trees to bring back habitat and stabilise the creek bank.

Wilsons River Landcare members are pitching in on the day to help and the Lismore Lions Club will provide refreshments and a sausage sizzle.

Council is contributing $2000 worth of trees and grasses for the National Tree Day event and people of all ages are invited to come and help plant out the site.

Some tools will be provided, but volunteers are asked to bring a bucket or large watering can or wheelbarrow if they can, as well as gloves, sturdy shoes, drinking water and a hat.

The National Tree Day event will run from 10am to 2pm.

To reach the Duck Pond, you can drive there via Ostrom Street or park on Union Street and enter via stairs on Frank Street (behind Frank Vanz Tyres).

Anyone who would like to help out at the working bee this Saturday should turn up at the Ostrom Street entrance at 9.30am.

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