Residents invited to The Big Plant

Published on 30 June 2022

Launceston residents, businesses, organisations and schools are being invited to participate in the single largest National Tree Day event in the city's history, dubbed The BIG Plant.

Coordinated by Tamar NRM and the City of Launceston, The BIG Plant will be held between Thursday, July 28 and Sunday July 31 and will see more than 8000 native trees planted on 176 hectares of land surrounding the Launceston Waste Centre.

Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said the land in and around the Launceston Waste Centre is habitat to a diverse ecosystem of flora and fauna, including bandicoots, wallabies, wombats and wedge-tailed eagles.

"This four-day community tree planting event will make a real difference to our environment, creating future habitat for wildlife and beautifying the land around the waste centre," Mayor van Zetten said.

"I encourage people to get involved and to be part of this community event which has already drawn strong interest from local schools and businesses. "Not only will you be making a positive difference to our environment, but the event also promises to be a lot of fun."

Tamar NRM Project Coordinator Trish Haeusler said all tools and equipment for planting would be provided, but participants would need to bring gloves and sturdy shoes.

"At its core, The BIG Plant aims to increase habitat, improve visual amenity, reduce stormwater run-off and erosion and capture carbon," Ms Haeusler said. "It is also a great way to celebrate National Tree Day on Sunday, July 31.

"This is an opportunity for your family, friends, school, organisation, local clubs or business to take part this important event — to be part of The BIG Plant and know you have done your bit to contribute to our local environment.

"We look forward to seeing you on one of the four days — even if it is for a short time — as every contribution will help us reach our goal of planting 8000 trees."

Those interested in participating in The BIG Plant can register at

For more information, email Trish Haeusler at


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