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April 15, 2021

Landcare gets another 1,000 trees to plant

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Australia is the only developed country to make the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) global list of deforestation hotspots according to the ABC. This loss is compounded by the fact that we seem to be speeding up the rate of clearing land with ‘around 5,000 square kilometres of virgin bushland and advanced regrowth are destroyed annually.’

Landcare groups in the Northern Rivers are coming up with new ways to get trees planted and protect the environment we live in. They have now partnered with Summerland Credit Union as part of their annual Sustainability Month of September to have a tree planted every time someone opens an account with the credit union.

The aim is to plant 1,000 trees in the region over the next year with the help of the Border Ranges Richmond Valley Landcare Network, the Clarence Landcare Network, and the Tweed Landcare Network.

‘Securing a sustainable future for ourselves, the community and the planet is one of our strategic objectives and has been a focus of ours, as a financial institution, since 2008,’ said Summerland CEO, John Williams.

‘We care about where we live and this campaign in partnership with Landcare, gives us the opportunity to make a difference to the environment in the region; and further demonstrate our commitment to sustainability.’

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  1. Great to see another 1,000 trees being planted. Thanks to all involved. And if you want to easily plant more trees – switch your browser to the free one at http://www.ecosia.org – they plant trees for your internet searches (106,400,000 planted so far). Or, if you’re sick of getting stuff you don’t need for birthdays, Xmas etc, get friends and families to instead do something useful for our planet and poor communities in developing nations, by buying trees for just 14 cents each through Eden Reforestation Project through the U.N. sponsored https://www.trilliontreecampaign.org/donate-trees
    That way, it’s not hard for people to each plant 1,000+ trees a year.


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