Whether it’s managing trees in urban areas, interesting local garden projects or simply how to get the best out of your own garden, a new Greening Mildura forum next week will cover all this and more.
Dubbed Trees=Life, Green and Healthy Living in our Region, the forum will be held on Tuesday, 18 September from 9am to 3.15pm at the Mildura Golf Club and feature two prominent keynote speakers. Gardening Australia television presenter Sophie Thomson, and Principal Consulting Arborist at Homewood Consulting Ben Kenyon will speak at the forum, as well as taking questions from attendees.
Greening Mildura’s April Fuda said the forum, created in partnership with Mildura Rural City Council, was a unique opportunity for community members, whether they be professionals or home gardeners.
“Not only will the forum help locals in their own gardens, but it will provide insight into creating a cooler, greener and healthier Sunraysia,” Mrs Fuda said.
“This event meets one of Greening Mildura’s key goals which is to increase the shade canopy in our community through trees. The benefits of trees are almost endless, from improving the health of our environment and community well-being to increasing productivity and tourism.”
Sophie Thomson will speak on topics including, ‘for the love of trees’ and dealing with pests and diseases in an organic and sustainable way, while Ben Kenyon will talk on minimising tree risk and managing trees in urban landscapes.
In addition to the two keynote speakers, there will be presentations on the following topics:
- Surprising Local Projects – Peter Webb, Greening Mildura
-Basin Plan in the Mallee – Nicholas Sheahan,
-Mallee Catchment Management Authority - Growing a Community Oasis
-Jill Nickolls and Joylene Moyle, Pinnaroo Wetlands Group - Healthy Floodplains
-Susan Saris, Mallee Catchment Management Authority.
Tickets are on sale now at www.treeslifeforum.eventbrite .com.au.
Tickets can also be purchased by calling 0400 236 530.
Residents can attend for the full day at $40 a ticket, or half of the program at $20. There will also be gardening prizes and giveaways on the day.