Two Council employees with a passion for trees have been putting their green thumbs to work throughout the region.
Parks and Gardens leading hand Mark Reynolds has recently welcomed horticulturalist Matt Mitchell to join him in Council’s tree planting program.
Mark’s 17 years of experience within Council’s Parks and Gardens team is beneficial in introducing Matt to work at Council and, in return, Matt’s skills in horticulture and managing a worm farm will add another dimension to the team.
Matt said when he was offered the position at Council three months ago, he realised he had landed his dream job.
“Trees have been a big part of my life even when I was growing up in the United States,” he said.
“I’m now passing that on to my kids and have taken them to places like the ancient forest in the Lamington National Park to give them an appreciation.”
Mark said this year he and Matt were aiming to plant as many trees as possible along the region’s streets and in parks.
“Our work covers the whole of the Bundaberg Region and just recently we replaced two fig trees at Boolboonda State School as part of the heritage-listed requirements,” Mark said.
“That was quite special for me because generations of my family attended that school and now the trees I’ve planted will be there for generations to come.”
The team said they were very passionate about their work and believed tree planting was more than just a job.
”When you plant trees it’s satisfying to know they’ll be there for a long time,” Mark said.
“I know that for 10 to 15 years, or even 150 years in the case of fig trees, I’ve left a mark on my community and can show my kids who in turn will show theirs.”
Matt agreed and said a tree was more than just something that they planted.
“Trees are a lifeform that create a variety of scenarios for many,” he said.
“Whether it’s providing shade, a home for birdlife, oxygen and cooling our environment, they’re an important part of our lives.”
Mark will complete his Certificate III in Aboriculture in August and Matt is looking forward to commencing the same course this year.
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