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Planting for the future

GIRL Guides Tasmania members, family and friends donned their gardening gloves recently, working together in an effort to help the environment.

Around 60 people gathered at Orana Camp in Roaches Beach in early July to help plant more than 90 trees as part of National Tree Day.

The original forest eucalypts, which had been planted more than 40 years ago, had been showing signs of aging, causing them to become a safety risk.

On the advice of an arborist, the decision was made to fell the old trees and replace them with suitable native trees.

Although they will not grow as tall, these trees will still provide the wind break needed for the property, as well as act as a crucial habitat for the local wildlife.

Guides in attendance at the tree planting event were also provided with the opportunity to gain new skills and an appreciation for the hard work that has kept Orana running for the past 51 years.

Caring for nature and the environment is an important part of the Guiding program, and days like National Tree Day help provide awareness and action on issues that are important to the Girl Guide movement.

The Orana committee said they were very grateful to everyone who came long to lend a helping hand and invited them to come back and watch the trees progress over the coming months and years.

Caption: The Southern Olave Peer Group helping out with the tree planting at Orana Camp.