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On Saturday 27th of April 2024, Greater Sydney Landcare hosted a Creating Canopies planting in Western Sydney Parklands, Wetherill Park in the Fairfield LGA.

This planting was held as part of the Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT’s annual ‘Lark in the Park’ event, which this year was held over the weekend of 27-28 April at Lizard Log.

Saturday saw the Girl Guides came out in force for a day of outdoor discovery, friendship, natural wonder and fun activities including planting.

Around 60 Girl Guides and 30 Leaders joined us to help plant 1,000 native trees and shrubs. Species planted included Eucalpytus and Angophora (gum trees), Acacias (wattles), Bursaria, Dodonaea (hop-bush), Ozothamnus (rice flower), and Indigofera (Australian indigo).  

These species were selected from the Cumberland Shale Plains Woodland plant community type to complement the existing vegetation onsite by increasing the canopy and midstory diversity.

A great day out in the park was had by all. Creating Canopies’ Natural Resource Manager Bryce Doyle was impressed by the enthusiasm and energy of the Guides and noted that they planted very well.

Western Sydney Parklands is home to kangaroos (which were spotted in the early morning in the park) so the planting will also be guarded to keep it safe from nibbles while it gets established.

This planting will create amenities for the community such as shade to rest and picnic under during warm weather. In time, it will also provide cooling through evapotranspiration as well as habitat for wildlife.

A big thank you to the Girl Guides for planting with us and we wish you well as you keep growing, exploring, adventuring and discovering.

Staff from Lizard Log and Dragonfly Environmental were also on hand during the day to ensure everything ran smoothly. Thank you also to Western Sydney Parklands for volunteering their land for Creating Canopies.

We look forward to seeing the positive effects of this planting in the years to come.

Volunteer for Bushcare in Fairfield

If you’d like to contribute to environmental efforts in the Fairfield LGA, you can become a Bushcare volunteer and regenerate bushland. No experience is necessary as training is provided.

Get Involved in Creating Canopies

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.

Find out more about Corporate Volunteering with Greater Sydney Landcare here. Be sure to download our Corporate Volunteering Info Pack.

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.

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