Ku-ring-gai joins the NSW Government’s tree planting program

Published on 6 September 2019

Council has received a $57,000 grant from the 5 Million Trees for Greater Sydney program to help boost the city’s diminishing tree canopy.

The program aims to protect and grow Sydney’s tree canopy, which is being progressively lost through a combination of factors.

These include urbanisation, drought conditions and existing street trees coming to the end of their natural life.

The Council has received a $57,000 grant from the program to aid tree planting in various suburbs across Ku-ring-gai.

Residents are being notified by letter when planting takes place and encouraged to help look after newly planted trees.

To help establish new trees, the Council will regularly water them for three months and prune them as required, with residents asked to supplement watering as needed after the three month establishment period concludes.

Species being planted include a mix of native and exotic species which are known for their drought hardiness.

Mayor Jennifer Anderson said Ku-ring-gai had a well-deserved reputation as Sydney’s ‘green heart’.

“The Council manages one of the largest areas of Sydney’s tree canopy, and street trees are an important part of that.”

The Mayor said tree planting was being prioritised in local areas where there were new developments or street trees were coming to the end of their life.

Click here for more information about the 5 Million Trees for Greater Sydney program

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Media enquiries: Sally Williams, Ku-ring-gai Council Ph: 9424 0982 or sawilliams@kmc.nsw.gov.au