More than 26,000 new trees will be planted along the Great West Walk, a 65-kilometre urban trail linking Parramatta to the lower Blue Mountains.
Sections of the Great West Walk currently have low tree canopy cover and can be 8 to 11 degrees warmer than other parts of Sydney.
The urban tree canopy will provide cooler temperatures along the walk and help link green spaces.
The planting will include
- 3200 trees planted at Tregear Reserve in Tregear (Blacktown)
- 7600 trees in Toongabbie Creek in Winston Hills (Parramatta)
- 100 trees at Ironbark Reserve in Cranebrook (Penrith)
- 9000 trees at multiple sites across the walk.
Planning Minister Rob Stokes said trees link our green spaces with living infrastructure like the Great West Walk.
“One of Sydney’s finest green links will now be adorned with more trees, our greatest weapon in the battle against the urban heat in Western Sydney,” he said.
The initiative is part of the Premier’s Priority to increase the tree canopy and green cover across Greater Sydney by planting 1 million trees by 2022. More than 500,000 trees have been planted so far.