Community Unites for Koala Food Tree Planting Day in Response to Claude the Leaf Thief Incident

In the wake of last spring’s global sensation involving Claude “the leaf thief” and his accomplices devouring thousands of precious seedlings, Richmond Landcare and the World Wide Fund for Nature-Australia (WWF) are joining forces to organize a community-driven Koala Food Tree Planting Day. The event is scheduled to take place on Friday, 19th April, from 9 am to midday, at a property near Eastern Forest Nursery, South Gundurimba.

The famed Claude and his friends captured headlines worldwide as they feasted on countless seedlings, highlighting the urgent need for an increase in koala food trees locally. Recognising the importance of creating more habitat for our threatened koalas, Richmond Landcare and WWF-Australia have come together to host this collaborative effort to plant 500 koala food trees in the vicinity of Eastern Forest Nursery.

The Koala Food Tree Planting Day aims to bolster the number of eucalypt trees near the nursery and provide a reliable source of food for Claude and his fellow koalas. The event invites the community to participate in this noble cause and contribute to the conservation of our iconic Australian animal.

Event Details:

Date: Friday, 19th April

Time: 9 am to midday

Location: Near Eastern Forest Nursery, South Gundurimba (address provided upon registration)

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Activities for the day will include tree planting, an educational session on koala conservation from Friends of the Koala, and an opportunity to see koalas and connect with like-minded individuals passionate about preserving our local koalas.

“We believe that by coming together as a community, we can make a significant difference in the well-being of our local koala population. This planting day is not just about planting trees but fostering a sense of stewardship for our environment, and the iconic koala” says Ivy Young, Project Officer with Richmond Landcare.

All members of the community are encouraged to join in this initiative. Participants are advised to bring gardening gloves, weather protection, and water bottles. Tools and guidance will be provided on-site to ensure an effective and enjoyable planting day for all.

For further information, please contact:

Ivy Young

Project Officer with Richmond Landcare

About Richmond Landcare:

Richmond Landcare is a community-based organization dedicated to environmental conservation and sustainable land management. With a focus on biodiversity and habitat restoration, Richmond Landcare actively engages the local community in various initiatives to enhance the natural environment.

About WWF-Australia

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