Urban forest to grow for National Tree Day

Volunteers can help expand Sydney’s green, cool canopy for National Tree Day by planting over 2,000 native seedlings at Jubilee Park in Glebe today, Sunday 31 July.

This year is Planet Ark’s 21st National Tree Day event and hundreds of Sydneysiders are expected to join the free event to restore vegetation and help green the city.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said National Tree Day is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together to help green our city.

“This fantastic event is just one of the many ways we’re working to grow our urban canopy,” the Lord Mayor said.

“We are committed to increasing our urban canopy by 50 per cent by 2030 to cool our city and make it even more beautiful.

“Taking care of our urban environment means creating green corridors to connect areas of habitat and wildlife between the city’s bushland areas.

“Creating a greener city also helps us create a healthier more liveable city. Trees reduce air pollution, make our parks and streets more beautiful and provide habitat for native birds and other wildlife.

“Growing our urban canopy plan supports our long-term target of reducing carbon emissions by 70 per cent.”

The City supports National Tree Day as part of its Greening Sydney plan which has a wide range of initiatives encouraging volunteers to contribute to greening the urban landscape.

The event at Jubilee Park in Glebe will include kid-friendly activities including a mobile zoo with native wildlife, face painting and nature crafts.

To achieve its greening Sydney targets, the City has planted more than 11,000 street trees over the past 10 years. This includes the City’s in-road planting program where trees are planted in the middle of roads or kerb areas to reduce the urban heat island effect from hot road surfaces.

The City installs over 10,000 square meters of new street gardens each year and plant new footpaths with street and rain gardens. This new green space plays a vital role in absorbing rainwater and pollutants that would otherwise run off into drains and waterways.

The greening Sydney plan includes encouraging the installation of green roofs and walls across the city. These living green spaces offer benefits to buildings including reduced noise pollution, lower energy costs for heating and cooling, and potential higher values for sales and leasing.

The urban canopy plan supports the City’s long-term target of reducing its carbon emissions by 70 per cent.

Since Planet Ark launched National Tree Day in 1996, nearly three million volunteers have planted more than 21 million native trees and shrubs across Australia.

What: National Tree Day planting event

Where: Jubilee Park, Northcote Road, Glebe

When: 10am–1pm, Sunday 31 July