While everyday is ‘Tree Day’ at Shaw Landscape Group, last month marked a special occasion. On Friday 29th July, Shaw Landscape Group joined forces with Farmborough Road Public School to celebrate Schools #NationalTreeDay. Alongside a morning of tree planting activities, the school enjoyed a ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony performed by Uncle Richard Davis, as well as a tree appreciation presentation curated by Errolyn and Zac Noel-Strang from The Illawarra Aboriginal Corporation. This was followed by a scrumptious sausage sizzle lunch kindly donated by Dapto Lions Club.

Tree Day Hats
Schools Tree day at Farmborough Road Public School

Good for the environment and our physical and psychological well being, National Tree Day is a call to action for the school community to #ConnectwithNature. Co-founded by Planet Ark and celebrity heavyweight Olivia Newton-John, National Tree Day began in 1996 and has since become Australia’s largest community tree planting event. From the planting of seedlings, to native trees and shrubs, over 300,000 volunteers typically donate their time every year to engage in a range of community activities. 

Schools Tree Day presentation
Uncle Richard Davis performing a ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony

Dapto Lions Club
The team from Dapto Lions Club cooking the sausage sizzle lunch

By continuously looking for new ways to cultivate the next generation of green thumb enthusiasts, Shaw Landscape Group hopes that by educating the younger students, they’ll have a greater appreciation of nature and the environment around them. Despite the cancellation of last year’s event due to COVID lockdowns, 2022 Schools Tree Day turned out to be a great success. With help from the kids at Farmborough Road Public School, Shaw Landscape Group planted over 80 native tree and plant species. 

Through mentorship and on-going education, Scott Shaw, Founder and Creative Landscapes Director of Shaw Landscape Group hopes to leave his legacy behind. 

“A big part of being a business owner is having the ability to give back”,  says Scott.

“Without trees there is no life and encouraging kids to get their hands dirty in a fun and meaningful way, while having the ability to give back to mother nature and the local community, is extremely rewarding”.

Schools National Tree Day Kids planting schools tree day
Scott Shaw; Founder & Creative Landscapes Director planting with the students

Schools Tree Day planting schools tree day
Farmborough Road Public School student watering in the plants

A huge thanks to everyone who ‘dug’ deep for the event. Especially the support and generous donations from our suppliers: Berry Wholesale Nursery, GJ Gardner Homes Wollongong, All Stakes Supply, Green Haven Garden Centre and Dapto Lions Club. And to top off a fantastic event, Shaw Landscape Group and Farmborough Road Public School appeared on WIN TV during the 5:30pm news bulletin that evening. To checkout the live coverage visit the link here.