Friday, July 26, 2024

Hills Shire to plant 6,000 trees


The Hills Shire residents and gardening enthusiasts are being invited to use their green thumbs this National Tree Day to plant 6,000 trees, native shrubs and ground cover.

The tree planting event will take place at Wheelie Park in the Gables on Sunday 28 July from 9am – 12pm. Two smaller tree-planting events will be held at Crane Road Reserve, Castle Hill on Sunday 21 July from 1pm to 3pm and at an already booked out event at Oxlade Reserve, North Kellyville on Sunday 4 August.

Mayor of The Hills Shire Council, Peter Gangemi said he was looking forward to joining the community to grow the area’s tree canopy.

“According to the NSW Government’s tree coverage mapping, since 2019, canopy coverage in The Hills has increased from 23.5% to 29.1%,” Mayor Gangemi said.

“This is a terrific result, and I’m determined for us to continue this trend, especially in our newer suburbs, like the Gables.

“This year, we seek to plant 1000 more trees than we did at last year’s National Tree Day event across the three sites. I am encouraging our community to come together to support and help revitalise our local environment.”

National Tree Day is Australia’s largest community tree planting and nature protection event held annually by Planet Ark. Over one million new trees, shrubs, and grasses are planted across the country each year.

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