The National Tree Day 2015 was held in Canberra on Sunday the 26th July. The event was organised by Greening Australia's Canberra branch. A 10-hectare site was chosen at Jeir in Murrumbateman for re-vegetation. A total of around 150 volunteers took part in the event and planted around 3500 trees while working from 9:30am till 12:30pm. The organisers has expected to plant 2500 trees originally but due to enthusiastic participation they managed to plant 3500 trees.
A total of 4 Ansar, 2 Khuddam and 2 Atfal took part in the event from the Ahmadiyya Jamaat Canberra. All Ahmadi volunteers wore a yellow high-visibility vest with phrases like "Love for All Hatred for None" at the front and "Muslims for Good of Humanity" at the back. The vest got noticed by many Australians and they came over to thanks us, praised our participation and praised the messages printed on the vests.
The site at Jeir was part of the Whole of Paddock Rehabilitation Program (WOPR), which over the past year has revegetated 650 hectares across 19 private and public properties in the region. In addition to providing habitat for birds and aninals, the new plants will also help repair a degraded creek in the paddock and reduce soil erosion.
For the Ahmadi volunteers it was special joy to take part in this event because planting a tree is not only a social responsibility but also a religious virtue. Holy Prophet (PBUH) said:
"If a Muslim plants a tree or sows seeds, and then a bird, or a person or an animal eats from it, it is regarded as a charitable gift (sadqa) for him." (Bukhari)
“If the Hour (the day of Resurrection) is about to be established and one of you was holding a palm shoot, let him take advantage of even one second before the Hour is established to plant it." (Al-Albani)