On Saturday 3 September, the 100 thousandth tree was planted at Discovery Park, Liverpool as part of our Creating Canopies project. Despite the rain, it was great to have volunteers show up and plant almost 1,000 trees in their local park!
There was a free BBQ for all the volunteers as well as free plants to take home and the Planting Seeds group were there to talk all things ‘creating habitat in backyards’.
The 100 thousandth tree planting has been a long time coming for Greater Sydney Landcare. The delays from the past two years of COVID restrictions and challenging weather conditions have meant that the Creating Canopies project reaching the goal of planting 100,000 trees across Sydney is a massive win for the community-based organisation.
Facilitated through the partnership between NSW Government, Landcare NSW and Greater Sydney Landcare, the tree planting day at Discovery Park was just one of over 160 events that have been held across Sydney over the last two years as part of the project.
Greater Sydney Landcare Chair, Bev Debrincat, said this milestone was a testament to the hard work undertaken by staff and volunteers and the importance of partners collaborating to grow and create green spaces across Sydney.
“We owe so much of this success to all the Sydneysiders who came out in droves to help us get the plants in the ground. Today’s event marks the one hundred and sixty-third event held throughout the life of the project.
“We’ve engaged with nearly two thousand individuals who have joined us to plant over 200 different plant species and invest in their community through their participation in our project, and in Landcare. Engaging the community in their own local green spaces, fosters a sense of stewardship that will help protect these sites into the future. We’ve seen first-hand the impact green spaces have not only providing important habitat for wildlife, but also keeping Sydney cooler in the hot summer months,” Bev said.
With a focus on increasing tree canopy across Greater Sydney, Bev says the diversity of locations across Sydney is crucial in helping local communities ‘cool’ their suburbs and create green corridors.
Landcare NSW CEO, Turlough Guerin, said Landcare NSW and Greater Sydney Landcare are proud to partner with the Department of Planning and Environment in Greening our City.
“Landcare NSW works with community groups across the state to improve the health of our environment and communities. This project helps support our community’s health and well-being but also the protection of our native plants and animals by providing much needed habitat.”
The plantings have been coordinated by Greater Sydney Landcare in conjunction with local Landcare and community groups.
Landcare NSW has partnered with Greater Sydney Landcare to plant 100,000 trees as part of the Greening our City NSW Premier’s Priority to increase tree canopy and green cover across Greater Sydney. Supported by the Department of Planning and Environment.