Green thumbs plant 1000 native trees in three hours

Published 9:00am 22 October 2021

Green thumbs plant 1000 native trees in three hours
Words by Nick Crockford

Pictured above: From left - North Harbour Project Director Bryan Finney, Cr Mark Booth, State Member for Bancroft Chris Whiting, Chairman and founding Director of North Harbour Holdings Malcolm Hall-Brown and Federal Member for Longman Terry Young.


Another 1000 native trees were planted in just three hours at North Harbour’s Tree Planting Day thanks to the hard work of the local community.

More than 200 locals of all ages gathered at the North Harbour Heritage Precinct for the community’s latest Tree Planting Day this month.

Families, politicians and the North Harbour team all got their hands dirty to set a record for the popular event.

More than 15 hectares of planting has already been completed along the Caboolture River at the North Harbour residential community. 

Green thumbs plant 1000 native trees in three hours
Councillor Mark Booth helping with the tree planting.

Huge parkland

A future Priority Development Area (PDA) declaration is expected to result in a huge expansion of the revegetation to create 319 hectares of riverfront parkland for the community.

North Harbour Project Director Bryan Finney said the target to plant 1000 trees in just three hours had inspired all those taking part in this year’s Tree Planting Day.

“I’m delighted that we were successful thanks to all the North Harbour residents and other local community members who helped out, including our local representatives Chris Whiting, Terry Young and Cr Mark Booth,” he said.

“The trees planted during this fun, family-friendly event will make a lasting contribution to the revegetation of this stretch of the Caboolture River, helping to improve water quality and provide more habitat for wildlife.

Green thumbs plant 1000 native trees in three hours
A hive of activity at the North Harbour tree planting.

Long-term plan

“We are committed to creating sustainable development at North Harbour. Our plans under a future PDA at this site would allow for the careful preservation of environmental values through rehabilitation of riparian areas and the conservation of wetlands.”

The North Harbour site was significantly degraded through previous land uses, including 40 years of pine plantation forestry.

The restoration of native vegetation is central to long-term planning for the site. It has already seen 15 hectares of revegetation along the Caboolture River and a 35 hectares on Raff Creek.

These works provide improved bank stability, reduced nutrient loads and improved water quality in the waterways.

North Harbour has achieved sought-after EnviroDevelopment accreditation following an assessment of outstanding performance across six key categories: waste, energy, materials, ecosystems, water and community.

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