Penrith City Council is encouraging residents to head outdoors and get their hands dirty with the return of the Greater Sydney Landcare Network’s Creating Canopies tree planting program.
Creating Canopies is an easy tree planting event where tools, training and refreshments will be provided – no Bushcare experience is required.
Penrith Mayor Tricia Hitchen encouraged residents who have been missing Council’s Bushcare planting events or who are looking for an outdoor weekend activity to register their attendance.
“If you love Council’s Trees for Mum and Trees for Dad planting days, you’re not going to want to miss out on Creating Canopies,” Cr Hitchen said.
“By planting trees, we’re helping to restore habitat and support our bushland reserves which play an important role in providing shelter and food for our native wildlife.
“Participants will learn key skills about how to best plant trees, which trees are suitable for our climate, and how trees can help mitigate the negative impact of urban heat, which plays a key role in Council’s Cooling the City Strategy.
“The Creating Canopies event series is a great way to give back to the community.”
Greater Sydney Landcare Network is providing 2,700 trees to Council to plant in the Penrith LGA as part of the project.
“We’re grateful to be able to work in partnership with Penrith City Council as well as private landholders throughout the Greater Sydney region to get trees in the ground. This will have a great impact on the City for future generations,” said a Greater Sydney Landcare Network spokesperson.
Council and Greater Sydney Landcare Network are meeting at Schoolhouse Creek in Regentville on Sunday 10 April and South Creek in St Marys on Saturday 21 May from 8am until 12pm.
The events are part of the Creating Canopies in Greater Sydney tree planting project. Landcare NSW has partnered with Greater Sydney Landcare Network to plant 100,000 trees as part of the NSW Government’s Priority to increase tree canopy and green cover across Greater Sydney.