25,000 new trees for bushland shire

Mayor Philip Ruddock with saplings to be planted
Mayor Philip Ruddock with saplings to be planted

Residents’ concerns about the huge chunks of tree canopy loss have been listened to, with 25,000 new trees being planted across the Bushland Shire over the next two years.

It’s a significant step up from the Council’s current programme of just 2,000 trees a year.

The community is being asked to help nurture the trees, ranging from saplings to mature locally-sourced natives, once planted.

“These new trees will not just be placed in existing bushland but will be spread throughout the entire Shire, particularly the urban areas where some greenery is sorely needed,” Hornsby Shire Mayor Philip Ruddock said.

“Increased tree coverage brings a range of very real improvements to quality of life for our residents, including cleaner air and lower summer temperatures.”

He added: “These trees are very fragile when they’re first planted and we will be calling on the community to help us nurture them as they grow.”

It is expected residents will be asked to water, prune and generally look after the newly planted arrivals, to be planted on nature strips, parks and bushland areas.

Streets earmarked as a top priority for new trees include Alma Court in Thornleigh, Burdett Street in Hornsby, Cobah Road in Arcadia, Geelans Road in Arcadia, Malton Road in Beecroft, Nursery Street in Hornsby, Old Northern Road in Dural and Taylors Road, Dural.

Most of the new trees will come from the Council’s Community Nursery, where production is set to shift to a new level.“We already have 2,500 trees ready to be planted and another 665 will be available within six to eight weeks,” said Nursery coordinator Ross Rapmund.

Asquith tree campaigner Alexi Boyd said: “It’s heartening to see our local government representatives unanimously represent what the community actually wants. People really want to see the Bushland Shire brought back to its former glory.”

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