National Tree Day
Greening our city
Over 600 Sydneysiders and visitors joined the free tree planting event, where they also enjoyed a sausage sizzle, learned about greening their homes and got their hands dirty.
Volunteers planted seedlings from the native Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub, which is becoming endangered and is a unique mix of coastal shrub plant species.
Check out our images from the event in the gallery below.
The City of Sydney supports the yearly event as part of our Greening Sydney Plan, which encourages volunteers to contribute to greening the urban landscape.
Connecting with nature
An urban jungle complete with ferns, large trees, an AstroTurf sculpture and outdoor settings was created on Customs House Square at Circular Quay on Wednesday 25 June 2014 to build awareness around National Tree Day.
The Planet Ark initiative with the City highlighted the many values of bringing nature into our everyday lives.
Price tags on trees lining Young, Alfred and Loftus streets caught the attention of early morning commuters rushing to work sipping cuppas.
The tags conveyed key messages like:
- 70% of indoor workers want more nature contact at work
- 1 in 3 Australians consider nature views more important than being in a good café.
Passers-by picked up 250 free desk plants in 30 minutes, and 500 veggie and native seedstick packets were eagerly taken away by Sydneysiders wanting a little more green in their backyards and balconies.We had businessmen approach our tree people just for a hug, others wanted to interact and take photos, and some found it cool just to hang out in nature on the green turf sofa.
Each year across Australia over a million trees are planted as part of National Tree Day, which is staged by Planet Ark and supported by the City of Sydney.
Growing our urban canopy
The City is committed to increasing our urban canopy up to 50% by 2030. We have planted over 9,500 trees since 2005 and there are around 42,000 trees in our streets and parks across the local area.
Trees make our streets more beautiful, improve air quality and provide habitat for native birds and other wildlife. Increasing the canopy cover will improve the livability of our city by cooling and filtering the air and shading our houses and streets in summer.
Last updated: Monday, 27 July 2015