On Saturday 4th November, 25 volunteers met the Creating Canopies team bright and early at the reserve at the end of Avoca Avenue in Belfield. This event was run in partnership with the City of Canterbury Bankstown, and we thank them for volunteering this site for trees.
The weather held off, allowing the group to install 250 locally native plants including grasses. 100 of the trees and shrubs planted will grow to a minimum of 3 metres tall, and will create canopy cover to provide cooling and shade in the future as well as habitat for wildlife.
The ground was a bit hard as it had not rained recently, but the volunteers persevered and did a great job.
Partnering With Canterbury Bankstown
This was Creating Canopies’ first planting in the Canterbury Bankstown Local Government Area since the second stage of the project started this year.
Creating Canopies Project Manager Danielle Packer said, “We are thankful for the partnership with Canterbury Bankstown Council for the opportunity to plant trees and bring community together. As an LGA that has a low canopy cover of 10-20%, we look forward to more tree planting projects to provide much needed shade for this community and habitat for wildlife.”
Thank You Mudcrabs
A special thanks goes out to the Mudcrabs—a community group of Cooks River eco volunteers—for helping to run the day, including the three musketeers Peter, Chris and Doug who play a huge role in that organisation.
The Mudcrabs care for the Cooks River and its foreshore environment by regularly collecting rubbish and restoring the bushland along the River Valley.
Nurturing Nature with Nature Fest
This tree planting was part of Canterbury Bankstown’s Nature Fest – a three-month celebration of the area’s rich biodiversity. Nature Fest featured events encouraging locals to get involved in preserving the natural environment. The 2023 Nature Fest events continued until the end of November. Stay tuned for the next instalment of Nature Fest in 2024.
What Did The Tree Planters Think?
The volunteers had a great time and gave us some kind feedback. They said of the event:
- “It was great to meet so many people from diverse backgrounds.”
- “It was a great opportunity to join the event to create more green canopy for the community/environment. I did not expect the lunch was provided; so thank you so much for organising some yummy food for the event.”
- “It was well organized, the co-ordinators and other staff on site were all nice and people from Mudcrabs are knowledgeable about the local environment and planting.”
- “It was another beautiful experience and a quick shout out to Bryce [from the Creating Canopies team] for being a great host!”
Thank you to all who came and made it such a great day!
Join Canterbury Bankstown’s Bushcare Program
If you’d like to contribute to environmental efforts in the Canterbury Bankstown area, you can become a Bushcare volunteer and regenerate bushland. No experience is necessary as training is provided.
Get Involved in Creating Canopies
Find out more about Corporate Volunteering with Greater Sydney Landcare here. Be sure to download our Corporate Volunteering Info Pack.
If you’d like to find out how to get free trees planted on your land, visit our Register Your Site for Trees page.
Come along and plant trees with Creating Canopies. Find out what events we have coming up on Greater Sydney Landcare’s Eventbrite page.
About Creating Canopies
Landcare NSW and Greater Sydney Landcare are planting 200,000 trees as part of the Greening our City program to help reduce urban heat in Greater Sydney. Proudly funded by the NSW Government.