RESIDENTS are being asked to pull on their gardening gloves and help celebrate the 23rd annual National Tree Day.

Schools in Bendigo kicked the proceedings off today, while most locals will get the chance to help out on Sunday.

Sites in Spring Gully, North Bendigo, Axedale and Huntly will be targeted on Sunday.

The day is organised by Planet Ark, whose stats show over 22 years the event has led to the planting of over 24 million trees.

Planet Ark is asking Australians to band together to plant a million more this year.

Council’s main site is at Stanley Avenue in Spring Gully and will run from 10.30am to 1.30pm on Sunday.

“This year there will be three sites in Greater Bendigo that residents can come along and celebrate National Tree Day at by helping to plant some native plants and trees,” council’s Debbie Wood said.

“The council is proud to have supported National Tree Day over the past 23 years and this has resulted in the planting of over 80,000 native plants at more than 45 locations within our municipality.”

Other venues include 78-82 Bayne Street, North Bendigo, to be hosted by Ironbark Gully Friends.

Gloves, planting tools, drinking water and a barbecue will be provided.

From 1pm to 4pm there will be planting at Bendigo Creek Streamside Reserve, Leans Road Huntly, hosted by Northern Bendigo Landcare Group.

All participants are asked to wear suitable clothing, footwear and gloves, and to bring along a hand trowel if they have one.

Participants should register on arrival, children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.