TO celebrate the 19th annual National Tree Day, locals gathered at the Lake Wyangan picnic grounds yesterday morning to plant 250 native trees.
Griffith City Council environmental planner Joanne Tarpit said the day was a good opportunity for the community to come together and help the environment.
"We allocated a garden bed at Lake Wyangan, where we planted local native trees, including emu and hop bushes, mallees, smooth flax lilies and wattles," she said. "The plants will provide an additional food source and shelter for our local wildlife and birds.
"And for the community especially young ones National Tree Day is an opportunity to lean about the environment, get involved and develop a love for nature."
Griffith East school student, Alice Mortlock, who was among the large group of tree planters at Lake Wyangan, said she enjoyed helping the environment and creating something "that will look nice in the future".
"I got up really early and didn't even have breakfast because I was so excited about the day I love gardening and getting messy," the 11-year-old said.
"It's so much fun to dig a hole and put in soil and you make new friends too."
On National Tree Day in 2013 local community groups and council staff members planted 220 trees and shrubs at the Griffith City Park.