Wednesday, 8th December 2021
A major milestone for community Landcare was met when the sixty-thousandth tree for the Creating Canopies in Greater Sydney project was planted at Chauvel Park in the Liverpool City Council.
Facilitated through the partnership between NSW Government, Landcare NSW and Greater Sydney Landcare Network, the tree plantings are one of many that have been held across Sydney throughout the past year
Greater Sydney Landcare Network Chair, Bev Debrincat, said the milestone is a testament to the hard work undertaken by staff and volunteers and the collaboration between Landcare and Government to help create green spaces and healthy habitats across Sydney.
“The past year has been challenging for all our communities and we’ve grown in the understanding of the importance of green spaces and nature and how it benefits our communities, health, and wellbeing. Western Sydney is a priority area for our project and I’m thrilled that Liverpool could be where we lay our sixty-thousandth tree,” Bev said.
Landcare NSW Acting CEO, John McLoughlin, said Landcare NSW and Greater Sydney Landcare Network are proud to partner with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment in Greening our City.
“Landcare NSW works with volunteer community groups to improve the health of our environment and communities. By expanding the green canopy cover across Greater Sydney, we are not only contributing to our community’s health and well-being but also the protection of our native plants and animals by providing much needed habitat.”
Executive Director of Green and Resilient Places with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, Steve Hartley said trees are one of our greatest weapons in the battle against the urban heat in Western Sydney.
“This is an important milestone for Landcare and the community of Western Sydney, which will help bring cooler temperatures as we head into summer, while providing more habitat for local wildlife,” Mr Hartley said.
The plantings in Liverpool have been coordinated by Greater Sydney Landcare Network in conjunction with local Landcare and community groups.
The trees are being planted as part of the NSW Government’s Priority Greening Our City, to increase the tree canopy and green cover across Greater Sydney. Funding has been provided to Landcare NSW and Greater Sydney Landcare Network as part of the NSW Government’s $2.1million investment and partnership with Landcare to plant 100,000 new trees across Greater Sydney.