City of Whittlesea, in conjunction with open spaces maintenance provider Citywide, will plant more than 18,000 indigenous shrubs and trees throughout the municipality this financial year.
Working towards a greener future for residents, Citywide’s annual planting project is part of a Council initiative to plant more than 150,000 new plants and trees over the next seven years to absorb carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
The average sized tree has the capacity to withhold up to 120 black balloons of carbon dioxide per year, therefore 150,000 new trees and plants at an average life expectancy of 20 years, equates to the suppression of up to 360 million black balloons.
Council has identified a host of ways it can reduce greenhouse gases including using electricity and gas in buildings more efficiently, investing in renewable energy sources and promoting greater use of public transport. These measures will assist Council in meeting its zero net emissions target by the year 2020.
City of Whittlesea Mayor Cr Rex Griffin said tree planting was a great way to reduce emissions, while at the same time creating more scenic parks, reserves and tree lined streets throughout the municipality for all residents to enjoy.
“Council takes sustainability issues seriously – we want to do our bit to ensure a cleaner, greener municipality for future generations.”
Citywide currently maintains some of Whittlesea’s most iconic and picturesque parks and gardens including Mill Park Recreation Reserve, Norris Bank Parklands, Whittlesea Public Gardens and the Epping Recreation Reserve.
“To be able to work alongside Council in not only beautifying their community, but also aiding their sustainable future is a real privilege for Citywide. With so many trees and plants under our care, we look forward to continuing to work with Whittlesea in maintaining and managing their precious natural assets,” Citywide Whittlesea Operations Manager Brett Francescutti said.