– Busselton launches tree planting programme from 5 to 25 June 2011

June 03, 2011 (PRLEAP.COM) Lifestyle News
The Tree Planting for Various Environmental Groups will be staged from 5th to 25th June 2011 and the first day of planting will take place opposite the bypass in Busselton. This session is called Peppies for Possums and will see the planting of peppermint trees to help try to save the dwindling number of possums in the area.

The species is currently under threat as numbers have diminished by 90% due to factors such as urban development, poisoning and the logging of forests in the southwest. The trees are being planted to try to increase the numbers as peppermint is a core part of the possum's diet.

The organisers are looking for volunteers to take part in the planting so if anyone has some spare time on the Sunday and would like to be involved they can join up with the programme.

Other planting days are on 19th June with the Busselton Nats Club who will be carrying out planting by the Sabina River to help prevent erosion. A second peppermint planting day will then run on 23rd June with the GeoCatch organisation who tackles environmental issues in the area.

Lek Boonlert, marketing head at commented: "People using Busselton hotels can help out with plantings although for anyone that hasn't already booked accommodation places are likely to be limited due to the popularity of the event."