City Set To Plant 3,000 Street And Parkland Trees

Later this month the City of Greater Bendigo will commence planting over 3,000 advanced trees in local streets and parklands throughout the municipality as part of its annual Greening Greater Bendigo tree planting program.

During Autumn and Winter, the new plantings will be most heavily concentrated in Eaglehawk, Epsom, Kangaroo Flat, Heathcote, North Bendigo, and Strathfieldsaye. Trees will also be planted in Ascot, Bendigo, Big Hill, California Gully, East Bendigo, Flora Hill, Golden Square, Huntly, Ironbark, Jackass Flat, Junortoun, Kennington, Long Gully, Maiden Gully, Marong, Quarry Hill, Sailors Gully, Spring Gully, Strathdale and White Hills.

City of Greater Bendigo Parks and Open Space Manager Chris Mitchell said late autumn and winter is the optimal time to plant the trees.

"This year we will be planting a mix of indigenous, native evergreens and exotic deciduous trees ranging in size from 1.5 metres to over 2.5 metres tall," Mr Mitchell said.

"The City will be responsible for all ongoing maintenance of the trees including watering them for the first two years.

"All trees have been carefully selected by the City's public space team to ensure the most appropriate species for each location are planted, based on local conditions, climate, neighbourhood character and any relevant master plans.

"This season's planting program has been put together from resident requests, replacements for removed trees, and by identifying streets in need of canopy cover.

"The City is committed to improving the liveability of Bendigo's urban areas and townships through its Greening Greater Bendigo Strategy and its annual tree planting program.

"Urban trees enhance the appearance of our municipality and its streetscapes. Trees are also essential to creating a liveable community as they provide shade and cool urban areas, support physical and mental wellbeing, and improve our natural environment and biodiversity."

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