Moorabool residents are invited to roll up their sleeves and help plant 7000 new trees in Darley at the Grow West Community Planting Day this weekend.

The annual planting day on July 16 is one of Grow West’s biggest events and is an important opportunity to rejuvenate and restore local landscapes.

Moorabool council will be hosting the event at Telford Park, which is situated on 16 hectares of parkland.

The park was a landfill site during the mid-20th century and, while some revegetation has occurred since then, more is required to prevent erosion that could affect local waterways, and to create habitat for native animals at the site.

Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority environmental projects co-ordinator Helena Lindorff said she was excited to be teaming up with Moorabool council and the community for the event.

“It’s very exciting to run our annual community planting day at a reserve where local residents will have a direct benefit once this area has been revegetated,” Ms Lindorff said. “With a bit of work from some dedicated volunteers, this park has the potential to be a significant community asset and improve the health of the local environment.”

Grow West Community Planting Day runs from 9.30am to 4pm at Telford Park, 88 Wittick Street, Darley, Bacchus Marsh.