Share the love with Mother Nature on Trees for Mum Day

What better way to honour the special women in your life than to plant a tree on Mother’s Day.

Ipswich City Council’s Trees for Mum event is back this year, creating a lasting legacy for families and the environment.

The event has grown in popularity each year, with an aim of more than 2000 trees to be planted at next month’s event along Bundamba Creek.

Trees for Mum Day free community event will be 9am to 11am, Sunday May 13 at George Palmer Park, Silkstone. Trees will be provided to plant on site. Register for mum to receive a small gift on the day by calling council on 3810 6666 or through

Bundamba Creek has a lot of memories for the Turner family.

Mum Leila Turner, son Gavin Turner and daughter Glenda Mathews lived on the hill at Silkstone when the parkland was just paddocks.

Last Mother’s Day they took the opportunity to add to the parkland, planting two bottlebrush trees with the Trees for Mum event.

Mr Turner said it was a nice memento for both his mother and sister – who is herself a mother.

“We can walk past and look at the trees growing. It looks great, and is good for all the birds and butterflies around Bundamba Creek,” he said.

“It’s not just the memory of Mother’s Day, it’s also the beautification of our local areas.”

Division 4 Councillor Kylie Stoneman said there were families who came to Trees for Mum Day each year to see the progress of their trees and walk along Bundamba Creek.

“The next stretch of waterway to be planted will follow on from previous Trees for Mum Day plantings to continue the improvement of Bundamba Creek,” she said.

“Once this is completed, more than 800 lineal metres of creekline will have been rehabilitated through Trees for Mum Day, and more than 10,000 trees planted.”

metres of creekline rehabilitated

trees planted through annual event

Trees for Mum Day started as a national event some years ago, but the people of Ipswich have certainly made it their own, both celebrating Mother’s Day and creating a lasting environmental benefit. Trees for Mum Day connects to council’s Habitat Connections strategic creek rehabilitation program, which beautifies and restores urban waterway corridors through tree planting and ongoing maintenance. When we focus our efforts on a creek or catchment, we really see those benefits flow. Previous Trees For Mum Day plantings from 2013 onwards have made a noticeable difference to the environment.
Councillor Kerry Silver

Conservation and Environment Committee

Why Bundamba Creeks is a big deal

Bundamba Creek is part of the Bremer River Catchment, beginning its 30km journey near Flinders Peak and joining the Bremer River north of Booval.

On its way the creek flows through urban areas, old coalfields and agricultural lands – each presenting a different challenge.

With the assistance of the Bremer River Fund and the International River Foundation, hundreds of Ipswich volunteers have planted more than 4,500 native plants along the banks of Bundamba Creek.

Six reasons our creeks need trees

1. Native vegetation is important to the lifecycle of many native animals

2. Trees help decrease erosion and reduce flood damage

3. They improve soil fertility and water quality

4. Trees improve property values and the neighbourhood looks better

5. They help filter sediments and nutrients from surface run-off and groundwater 6. Trees help ‘shade out’ exotic weed species

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