Watergardens Tree Giveaway

In the lead up to National Tree Planting Day on Sunday 30 July, Watergardens hosted a Tree Giveaway on Friday 28 July, in The Atrium from 11am - 2pm. Five indigenous native species were on offer - including various Eucalypts.

In support of one of the centre's charity partners - The Sunshine Hospital Ronald McDonald House Family Room, the community was asked to make a gold coin donation towards this worthy cause when collecting a tree seedling.

On the day, Watergardens gave away approximately 600 trees, with the assistance of some of the City of Brimbank's local Councillors - CR Georgina Papafotiou (Deputy Mayor), Cr Duyen Anh Pham, Cr Margaret Giudice and Cr Victoria Borg, as well as members from Ronald McDonald House.

Thanks to the support of our customers and local community, funds raised will assist the Ronald McDonald House Family Room to continue providing parents and families with kitchen, laundry and entertainment facilities, whilst their children are receiving care at the Sunshine Hospital.


Thank you to everyone who got involved and made a donation.
Your support was very much appreciated.



About the Trees...

The following indigenous plant species were given away as part of day's Tree Giveaway:

EUCALYPTUS TRICARPA RED IRONBARK
Eucalyptus Tricarpa, red ironbark occurs in southern New South Wales and is common in the Bendigo goldfields area, Gippsland and central Victoria, extending south to Anglesea. It is a tall, straight-trunked tree that usually grows to between 25 and 35 metres in height. It has deeply furrowed red-brown to black-brown bark that is persistent on all branches. It flowers during winter and seed capsules persist on trees until at least the following winter.

ALLOCASUARINA VERTICILLATA DROOPING SHE-OAK
Allocasuarina Verticillata is common across Victoria. Allocasuarina Verticillata is a tree 5 - 10 metres tall with pendulous foliage. It grows on a wide range of habitats extending from coastal headlands and plains to rocky outcrops on inland ranges. Soils include skeletal types derived from sandstone or granite, sandy coastal soils, including some derived from limestone, and heavier textured clay loams.

EUCALYPTUS MELLIODORA YELLOW BOX
Eucalyptus Melliodora is a common species in the grassy woodlands of the tablelands and western slopes of the Great Dividing Range. This species is usually 15 - 30 metres tall and mainly occurs on gentle slopes, foothills or on flats near watercourses. Eucalyptus Melliodora flowers during August to December.

EUCALYPTUS MICROCARPA GREY BOX

Eucalyptus Microcarpa, or grey box, is a spreading tree which has fibrous grey bark on the trunk and lower branches, but has smooth, grey-brown bark on its upper branches.The flower buds have conical caps and the flowers themselves, which appear from late summer to winter, are cream coloured. The species occurs inland from the Great Dividing Range.

ACACIA IMPLEXA LIGHTWOOD

Acacia Implexa is a widespread species in eastern Australia. It is a fast-growing small to medium sized tree up to 15 metres tall. It grows on a wide range of different sites and is commonly found on shallow, well-drained soils. Flowering usually occurs during December to March. Seeds mature about 11 months later just prior to the next flowering event.