• Nature time important for inspiring future generations

    Debbie Agnew     |      July 26, 2013

    This Sunday is National Tree Day. Debbie Agnew from Planet Ark explains why in a society that spends less time outdoors and is increasingly time-poor, it is even more important to incorporate nature time into your life.

  • National Tree Day plants the seed for better health

    Debbie Agnew     |      July 27, 2012

    Most of us feel more peaceful and relaxed when we are in a natural setting. But will future generations get to experience the tranquillity of nature? Debbie Agnew calls on us to plant a tree for our children and the planet.

    It was back in 1996 when a national day to celebrate and care for Australia’s trees was co-founded by Olivia Newton John and Planet Ark Environmental Foundation. The special day, held each July, has become Australia’s largest tree planting and nature care event  and 17 years on, more than 2.8 million volunteers have planted over 17 million native trees and shrubs.

    But National Tree Day is more than just an event. It seeks to highlight the important role that native trees play in our lives, not only as an integral part of the environment, but their part in our overall health and wellbeing.