Each year in February and March Eucalypt Australia starts a national conversation about Australia’s treasured eucalypts. Eucalypts give character to our neighbourhoods, provide food and shelter for native wildlife and help keep our homes, streets and parklands cool.
This year National Eucalypt Day celebrates eucalypts in urban environments. With about 1000 species there’s a eucalypt to suit most urban planting sites and their diversity means they can add much to Australian towns and city suburbs. One of the strangest eucalypts could add interest to a park near you. If you’re not easily spooked a ghost gum might look great in your street.
Each year communities across the country hold events to celebrate their local gums. Eucalypt Australia runs a competition in which the community can vote to choose the Eucalypt of the Year. Can you help with the celebrations? Perhaps you could showcase appropriate eucalypts for planting in urban environments and how to grow them, or champion suitable indigenous species for planting in your capital city.
To help to celebrate your beloved urban trees and streetscapes you could host an event (microgrants are available, applications close 11 Feb), engage in social media campaigns and competitions, or take the opportunity to educate your friends and community on the value of eucalypts in urban environments.
Speak up for, promote and enjoy Australia’s diverse eucalypts. Get involved! Contact Eucalypt Australia on [email protected] to discuss your ideas or for more information.