Liverpool City Council
Liverpool City Council has participated in the National Tree Day initiative since 2001. To find out why they are such long term supporters and how the public planting events they run benefit the community, we talked to Mayor Ned Mannoun:
Why does your council participate in National Tree Day?
"National Tree Day is an opportunity to create awareness of the importance of looking after our natural environment. It enhances the community spirit and creates a sense of ownership of the local natural environment and is another avenue to educate our community members on the importance of protecting and maintaining native vegetation, wildlife and habitats in Liverpool.
This national initiative also aligns with one of Council's key strategies within its Community Strategic Plan, Growing Liverpool 2023 which looks at implementing sustainable practices that engage and inform the community and help to make Liverpool a natural sustainable city."
Why would you encourage other councils to organise a planting event in their community?
"Tree planting events are a great way to involve the community inactivities that protect and improve their local environment. It is also an opportunity for local residents to work together and meet people with similar interests."
What were the main benefits for your community of participating in National Tree Day?
- Increases the amount of native plants in the local area
- Encourages native wildlife to the area and adds to biodiversity
- Increases urban canopy cover and reduces harmful CO2 emissions
- Reduces urban storm water runoff and pressure on drains and waterways
- Improves the aesthetics of the area
- Improves bushland connectivity through an urban area
- Educates the community on the importance of native vegetation and how they can contribute to improving the local environment
- Brings our diverse community together working for the environment
How have the event and your local area developed since your council began its involvement in National Tree Day?
"Our Council has participated in the National Tree Day initiative since 2001. Further to this as part of Council's Community Strategic Plan, Growing Liverpool 2023, we have implemented sustainable practices that engage and inform the community and help to make Liverpool a natural sustainable city. Activities include hosting tree planting events throughout the year at different sites and encouraging residents to be involved in the Environment Volunteer Program. Volunteers are enhancing the natural areas of Liverpool by removing weeds and litter, mulching and planting continually throughout the year."
What did the council do for National Tree Day last year?
"Volunteers involved in Liverpool's National Tree Day planted 2,500 trees, shrubs, grasses and groundcovers at Helles Park in Moorebankalong the Georges River.
We had native wildlife displays, face painting for children, a community barbecue, educational displays and give away native plants to volunteers. We also provided plants to schools in the area as part of Schools Tree Day."
If your council is choosing to participate this year, what are your plans?
"Council will host a tree planting event along Maxwells Creek in Elouera Nature Reserve in Liverpool. Other activities will include face painting for children, a roaming native wildlife display, a community barbecue and educational displays. We will also be providing plants to schools in Liverpool as part of Schools Tree Day."