Kyneton: National Tree Day event to help river bank

Invasive willow trees rotting along a Kyneton river bank will be covered up by native plants as part of a National Tree Day event this Sunday.

Volunteers are being invited to join members of the Campaspe River and Land Management Group as they plant indigenous flora and eucalypts from 10am until midday.

Spokesman Peter Harding (pictured with committee members Don and Jessie Smith) says the planting will help revegetate the site where the catchment management authority recently removed a large number of introduced willows.

The resultant wood chips will be used as mulch on the new trees.

‘‘They [willows] have been cut off to stump level and left there to eventually rot and disintegrate,’’ Mr Harding says.

‘‘The reason for this is that the roots remain embedded and help hold the river bank together, preventing erosion.’’

The site is at the river end of Mill Street. Bookings are essential. For more details, phone 0419 625 600.