Members of the Tenterfield Horticultural Society celebrated National Tree Planting Day by adding a Japanese maple to the grounds of Millrace Hostel for the Aged.
The society chose Millrace as the beneficiary of its donation as they knew the tree would receive due care to foster its growth, and that it would add to the garden pleasure of residents today and into the future, according to the society’s publicity officer Nellie Cowley.
The maple was chosen for its modest mature size and the dazzling colours it displays from one season to the next. The tree is quite leggy now but will be trimmed back once its roots have had some time to adjust to their new environment, Mrs Cowley said.
“And a tip for anyone planting trees at the moment: plant the root ball into a square hole, not a round one, so the roots aren’t tempted to grow in a circle.”
The combined expertise of several long-standing society members was invested in planting the tree on Sunday morning under clear blue skies, with the workers enjoying a convivial morning tea after their efforts.
“The maple will be a nice complement to the existing landscape,” Mrs Cowley said.
“The members were pleased to contribute this tree as a permanent part of the local community, to be enjoyed for generations to come.”
The next event on the horticultural society’s calendar is its spring flower show at the Uniting Church Hall on September 8.