For many years now Forbes local and passionate environmentalist, Dianne Decker, has been providing a little tree to every new baby born at the Forbes District Hospital as part of the Trees for Babies initiative.
This initiative has been so successful, that Dianne Decker had recently been made aware that they had run out of cards at Forbes Hospital and has since delivered another batch of locally printed Trees for Babies cards to Forbes Hospital.
The card reads “This tree is presented to ——————– in the interest of preserving and improving our beautiful country, and especially so you can enjoy playing under this tree’s shade as you both grow up.”
The new mother simply has to take the card up to the Nursery on the Parkes Road and they will provide the card holder with a little tree of their choice. Yes, it may only be a little tree, but this has proven to be the most successful way to grow trees in our local area.
If you want to see a collection of some of the trees, go for a little drive past Dianne’s previous little farm that she has just sold on the corner of Greens Road and the West Wyalong Newell Highway.
All of the wonderful trees on her old little farm were planted as tube stock. Now you can see the amazing bottle trees in the front yard and look at the wonderful River Red Gums in the outside paddock, and all the amazing dwarf Sugar Gums. This is living proof that from little things big things grow.
The Trees for Babies initiative of giving a free tree also applies to any little Parkes baby that is to be born at Forbes District Hospital.