Thousands of NSW school students will get their hands dirty today as part of Australia’s largest community tree-planting event.
Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said Schools Tree Day was a great opportunity for communities to come together and improve their school grounds while learning about the environment at the same time. “It’s fantastic to see so many kids inspired by Schools Tree Day and actively involved in making their communities greener,” Mr Stokes said.
“The saplings we plant today will be the canopy cover of our future, providing us with vital shade, oxygen and habitats for our animals.”
Mr Stokes encouraged the broader community to get out and celebrate National Tree Day this Sunday. “The NSW Government set a target to plant one million trees across Greater Sydney by 2022 and five million by 2030, but we can’t do it on our own,” Mr Stokes said.
“Whether at school, home or at your work space, I encourage everyone to get out today or over the weekend and plant a tree or two and register it on the website.” The NSW Government recently provided more than $5 million in grants to 20 councils across Greater Sydney to help them green their communities by planting new trees and maintaining existing ones, with councils matching the funding dollar for dollar.
Last year more than 200,000 Australians participated in Planet Ark’s National Tree Day, planting more than 700,000 plants at almost 3000 locations around the country. This brings the initiative’s overall tally to almost 25 million trees planted by almost five million volunteers over 24 years.