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Plant a tree to get healthy and wise

New research shows planting trees can not only help the environment, but could also make you smarter.

A report called “Planting Trees – Just What the Doctor Ordered”, launched by Planet Ark in the lead up to National Tree Day on 29 July, shows that contact with nature helps increase academic achievement and reduce the effects of anxiety and depression in children.

“We know that living in a green environment makes us feel better – but it comes as a pleasant surprise to hear that green matter can be good for your grey matter,” the Mayor of Leichhardt, Rochelle Porteous, said.

Cr Porteous is inviting the community to join in National Tree Day by planting native shrubs, grasses and ground cover at King George Park in Rozelle on 29 July, to restore remnant bushland on the border with Callan Park.

Doctors are also joining in National Tree Day, to highlight the health benefits of trees. Doctors for the Environment Australia will join with Friends of Callan Park and the Rozelle Natural Nursery to plant about 500 trees and shrubs in Callan Park.

National Tree Day is now in its 17th year, and has seen more than 2.8 million people plant over 17 million native trees and shrubs around Australia. The event helps address issues like the loss of habitat for native wildlife, soil salinity and erosion.

National Tree Day is just one of the ways Leichhardt Council increases the tree canopy of the municipality, as parts of its Urban Forest Policy.

The policy has seen more than 12,000 trees and shrubs planted within municipality over the past financial year – showing a substantial increase from previous years.

That includes nearly 11,000 plants as part of the Bushcare program, 120 street trees and 1,000 trees on National Tree Day.

Planting event details:

Location: King George Park, Manning Street, Rozelle

Date: Sunday 29 July

Time: 10am to 12 noon

Tools, plants and a sausage sizzle will be provided. Participants are asked to wear losed shoes, long pants and a hat or sunscreen.