Sydneysiders are being encouraged to dig deep and plant at least one tree to help green the city and do their bit for the environment.
Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, Group Deputy Secretary of Place, Design and Public Spaces, Alex O’Mara, said the Everyone Plant One campaign aims to increase canopy cover to reduce heat, improve air quality, boost shade and contribute to the Government’s target of planting one million trees across Greater Sydney by 2022.
“We’re already more than halfway to achieving this ambitious goal, with more than 600,000 trees already in the ground and around 266,000 ready for planting,” Ms O’Mara said.
“We are now calling on Sydneysiders to pick up a shovel and help us reach the finish line by planting a tree and registering it in support of the campaign.
“Trees make a huge difference to the environment and our lives. They provide shade, privacy, homes for wildlife and help to cool our communities. They also have immense benefits for our health and wellbeing, let alone adding beauty to a home.
“By taking part in Everyone Plant One and contributing to this great initiative, you are helping to build a greener future and cooler suburbs for people to enjoy for years to come.”
Ms O’Mara said all Sydneysiders are encouraged to get involved by planting a tree, big or small, but it’s important appropriate trees are chosen for the environment.
“We are very lucky to have a rich range of suitable trees for planting on private land in Sydney,” she said.
“From native fruit trees like the Australian finger lime trees, to colourful trees like the pinktipped bottle brush, or easy-care trees like the old man banksia, there’s an abundance of varieties to pick from.
“Whether it’s in your backyard or on your balcony, every tree gets us one step closer to our goal.”
For more information and to register, visit the Everyone Plant One web page.