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On Thursday 20th June 2024, Greater Sydney Landcare’s Creating Canopies team hosted a corporate volunteering day for 7 Snyk employees at Peakhurst’s Henry Lawson Drive Reserve. This planting was held in partnership with Georges River Council.

The morning started off cool but the Snyk team were soon warm, digging holes in the tough soil and working hard. With great effort and teamwork, the volunteers managed to plant an impressive 550 native trees and shrubs, and water them in as well.

Creating Canopies for the Future

The volunteers planted a diverse range of native species, each chosen for their suitability to the local environment and their ability to create an effective future canopy. The species included gum trees (Angophora, Corymbia, and Eucalypts), turpentine (Syncarpia glomulifera), banksias, Blueberry Ash (Elaeocarpus reticulatus), Native Daphne (Pittosporum undulatum), NSW Christmas Bush (Ceratopetalum gummiferum), Bottlebrush (Callistemon), Wattles (Acacias), and other native plants.

These plants will play a crucial role in increasing canopy cover, which is essential for providing shade and cooling through evapotranspiration. This natural process helps reduce the urban heat effect, which will make Greater Sydney a more comfortable and sustainable place to live.

A Day to Do Good, In More Ways Than One

Corporate volunteering initiatives, such as tree planting days, provide numerous advantages for employees. These activities offer a refreshing break from the daily office routine, allowing staff to engage in outdoor physical activity that promotes health and well-being. Volunteering in nature fosters a sense of community and teamwork, enhances problem-solving skills, and provides a unique hands-on education about environmental issues. Furthermore, these experiences can boost morale, inspire a sense of purpose, and encourage a deeper commitment to sustainable practices both in and out of the workplace.

Thanks to All Involved

Bush Regenerator Supervisor Aimee Hancock led the day, and appreciated the hard work, great attitudes, and effort that the Snyk volunteers displayed on the day. Thank you to the Snyk employees for your amazing work!

Thank you also to the Georges River Council for volunteering this site for tree planting to increase canopy cover in the area. This initiative will not only enhance the local landscape but also contribute to reducing urban heat in the future, creating a healthier and more sustainable environment for the community.

Volunteer for Bushcare in Georges River

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

Corporate Volunteering with Greater Sydney Landcare

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

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.

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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