ROCKHAMPTON residents got their hands dirty over the weekend for National Plant a Tree Day.
Councillor Neil Fisher yesterday said about 2500 seedlings had been planted by more than 500 volunteers across the region since Friday.
"Rockhampton has been a leader for National Tree Day since it began," he said. "We should hold our heads high."
Cr Fisher said it was great to see younger generations getting involved and making a difference.
"It is the young people that are playing such an important role," he said.
They made up about one-third of the group which planted trees.
He said there was a great range of trees planted at the Tree Day event at the base of Mt Archer, from fire-retardant plants to the beautiful perfume plant or cananga which was planted by Mayor Margaret Strelow.
"The day is also a form of education for the public about how they can work with plants," he said.
Events were also held at Rosel Park in Depot Hill and Mulambin Beach Nature Walk.
Cr Fisher said a great family day had helped beautify the region.
"Fifty years ago, Rockhampton was known as a hot, dry, dusty place. Now it's one of the truly tropical green cities of Australia," he said.