Wyndham City is in the middle of its 2020 tree planting season, where it is planting 8,000 trees across the municipality.
This program is being delivered as part of The City Forest and Habitat Strategy 2017-2040 and will contribute to the Strategy’s target of achieving 25 per cent canopy cover by 2040.
Environment and Sustainability portfolio holder Cr Heather Marcus said residents may have noticed that Council has been planting trees on nature strips since April this year, and this will continue until August.
“Planting in the cool, wetter months gives the trees the best chance of survival,” Cr Marcus said.
“Last year residents let us know what nature strips needed tree coverage for the 2020 tree planting season, and later this year we will be in touch about the 2021 tree planting season.”
“We are planting trees across the municipality to provide shade near our houses and streets; to cool our streets on summer days; to protect us against the wind; to reduce stormwater runoff and absorb pollution; to create habitat for our local wildlife, and to improve the look of our roads and streets.”
“Our tree planting program is one of the largest across metropolitan Melbourne, because recent research showed Wyndham had a lower tree cover than most other Councils. We want to see Wyndham not only be on par with other councils but lead the way to provide a greener and healthier environment for our residents.”
“Council aims to have a tree in the nature strip of each household in Wyndham by 2040, in order to achieve our canopy cover targets and make Wyndham an ever more beautiful place to live”.
Residents can view the locations of trees being planted in 2020 on Council’s Tree Planting Map at www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/treeplanting.