Free trees to green gardens in flood areas

Lammie, Neville and Derek Forrest watch on as Elizabeth Johnstone gives a free tree to Jamie Forrest at Woodburn.

Susanna Freymark

Lammie and Jamie Forrest picked up a free tree at Woodburn courtesy of the Northern Rivers Flood Action Group.

Fifty trees were available for residents to plant in gardens and properties as part of the flood recovery.

Flood action group member Kylie O’Reilly said the trees could be a “reflection of moving on” after the flood disaster.

For Jamie and Lammie and their two boys it was about getting their garden back in order.

“The house is not finished yet,” Lammie said.

Jamie said they should be back in their Bungawalbin house in a few weeks.

Flood action group member Elizabeth Johnstone said people were happy about restarting their gardens.

Richmond Valley Council funded the purchase of the trees with a $2500 community grant.

Money raised from the screening of Tinnie Heroes also contributed.

The group’s president Tony Carusi was cooking sausages for people using the new $1000 barbecue funded by Federal MP Kevin Hogan’s office.

If you put you name down for a tree, but weren’t able to pick it up today, Saturday, July 15, Kylie has saved it for you.

Go to the Northern Rivers Flood Action Group Facebook page for more information.

Northern Rivers Flood Action Group members Kylie O’Reilly, Tony Carusi, Mandy Powell, Kath Cremin and Elizabeth Johnstone with the group’s new barbecue. Photos: Susanna Freymark

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