Tropical Tree Day 2016
There’s something really encouraging about seeing a crowd of kids getting their hands dirty and having fun whilst planting native trees.
Sure there were plenty of other reasons to attend Tropical Tree Day held by Cairns Regional Council, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation – there was the lucky door prizes (a chance to WIN one of five return family experiences on Skyrail or one of five annual Rainforest Foundation memberships!), the colouring in competition, the raft of awesome giveaways (posters, flyers and environmental booklets), the face painting and glitter art tattoos AND a Barbie.
In the case of my son it was the FREE sausage sizzle that inspired him to plant 5 native trees… Apparently it made up for the 5 sausages that he devoured (thankfully there was still plenty for everyone else). For me, I’m always happy to have some excuse to get the kids away from the screens and enjoy a Sunday digital detox. Thankfully the early 8am start was balanced with easy access to good coffee thanks to the Coffee Can being parked at the tree planting site.
It was great to see the passion of the Skyrail rangers and the Council’s landcare workers for their local environment and watch how it ‘naturally’ rubbed off on the kids that came along. Council’s level 1 water restrictions were also a topic of conversation on the day, adding to the education element and helping us all to understand why it is so important to choose the right type of plants in the tropics.