Tree planting season is underway across City

The City of Greater Geelong’s annual tree planting program has commenced.

More than 1800 trees are set to be planted across the region during the 2020 planting season, which is currently scheduled from April to September.

Of that number, 769 will be planted in Corio and 133 in Lara.

The City’s Urban Forest Strategy promotes the environmental and social benefits of enhanced canopy cover, which include more shade and greener spaces.

The tree planting program is also an important part of our Sustainability Framework, which was adopted by Council in February.

Other suburbs receiving trees alongside residential streets include:

  • Grovedale 68
  • Portarlington 46
  • Geelong West 35
  • Rippleside 17

About 600 plantings will be to replace trees that have been recently removed.

Trees will also be planted in reserves at Norlane, Bell Park, Bell Post Hill, Newcomb, Highton, Grovedale, Armstrong Creek, Leopold, Clifton Springs, Drysdale, Portarlington and Ocean Grove.

The City will join the Friends of Rippleside Park and Environs Inc to put in 43 trees at St Helens Reserve, Rippleside, after the community group gained a Victorian Government grant.

Species are chosen based on suitability for the planting site, the character of the neighbourhood, canopy cover and amenity.

Residents will be informed about nearby works.

The City’s tree planting program will continue according to the latest coronavirus health advice from government authorities.

Up to date information, and any potential delays, will be posted on our website.

Residents can also request to have a tree planted on their nature strip by completing the online form.

Meanwhile, to view the Sustainability Framework and share feedback on the proposed action plan, visit the Have Your Say page. Feedback can be submitted online until 30 April.

Greater Geelong Mayor – Stephanie Asher

Council’s committed to greening our urban areas, with a good proportion of trees to be planted in the region’s north. Increasing tree canopy has positive benefits for our environment and health.

A big thanks to the Friends of Rippleside Park and Environs Inc for getting their hands dirty by helping the City at St Helens Reserve.

Chair Parks, Gardens and City Services portfolio – Cr Anthony Aitken

Some members of our community may be questioning why council is proceeding with this project. That is because it is fully funded, it keeps our staff employed and it is part of council’s annual tree planting program, which is a vital part of our Urban Forest Strategy as we work to make the region greener.

As a Windermere ward councillor, I’m pleased a large number of trees will be planted in the fast-growing northern suburbs. I’m sure residents will notice a positive difference by the end of the planting season.

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