Winter tree planting
A number of community planting events are being held during July.
The City manages and monitors over 26,000 trees on bushland and foreshore environmental reserves. A dedicated tree planting scheme has seen the City of South Perth’s canopy cover remain consistent over the past 30 years.
Members of the Salter Point Community Group joined the City this week to plant 500 sedges around Salter Point Lagoon. The lagoon forms part of the Canning River foreshore and is classified as a high priority conservation area. The planting program has been successful in decreasing invasive weed species and increasing the population of native sedges as well as inspiring local environmental custodianship. The program was made possible with the help of a $9,840 grant from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Community Rivercare Program.
Last week, 40 high school students from the South Perth Youth Network helped plant around 1,000 sedges and rushes near the Milyu Conservation Reserve alongside the Kwinana Freeway in South Perth to help with restoration and erosion control of the foreshore. The works were made possible thanks to an $8,792 grant from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Riverbank Program.
This Friday, Friends of the South Perth Wetlands will plant sedges and rushes around Lake Douglas. On Friday 24 July, Curtin Primary School will take part in a planting day supported by the City and funding from the Communities Environment Program.
Unfortunately, National Tree Day has been cancelled this year because of COVID-19 restrictions, however the City is working with primary schools in the area to plan a number of local tree planting days as part of the City’s Urban Forest Strategy.
All plants and trees are supplied by the City’s nursery in Como, one of the largest local government nurseries in the metropolitan area.
The nursery produces more than 450 different species of plants and 55 species of trees for projects throughout the City as well as other local councils including Perth, Victoria Park, Subiaco, Belmont, Canning, New Norcia, Kalamunda and Fremantle.
For more information on the City’s Urban Forest Strategy click here.
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