Getting creative to spread the word

Feathered friends: Siblings Layla and Darcy Drummond drew this sign to let people know that the trees they helped plant will attract more birds to Russell Creek in Warrnambool.

Feathered friends: Siblings Layla and Darcy Drummond drew this sign to let people know that the trees they helped plant will attract more birds to Russell Creek in Warrnambool.

An environmental group is engaging the public by combining art and tree-planting in a unique way.

The group A Tree For A Bird has planted trees along Warrnambool’s Russells Creek in part to bring more birds closer to the city.

Organiser Philomena Headen said each tree was placed next to a sign explaining that the tree, as it grows, will attract more bird life.

“The sign is often painted by children and we put a picture (on it) that says ‘a tree for a bird’,” Ms Headen said.

Ms Headen said the aim was to plant species native to the area, including manna gums, blackwoods, drooping sheoaks, woolly tea trees and yellow gums.

“The world needs trees in a big way,” Ms Headen said.

The group, which works in conjunction with other environmental organisations revegetating the creek, is looking for new members.

“We’re starting off small with what we can manage,” Ms Headen said.

Contact Ms Headen at atreeforabird@gmail.com to find out more or express your interest in joining the group.

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