Brimbank,
22
August
2014
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07:16
Australia/Melbourne

From little things big things grow…

With the community's help Council has planted more than 20,000 trees over the last 12 months in parks, reserves, streets, and main roads.

Summary
  • One boy, 1000 trees!

  • National Tree Day - 1700 seedlings in the ground!

  • How trees help clean our air

  • What is Greening the West?

  • Mark these dates on your calendar and get planting!

  • Still want to know more about trees?

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Andrew Van Keulen, 15 of St Albans has been planting trees, shrubs and wildflowers in Brimbank since he was six years old.

Andrew says he likes seeing people come together to do something positive for the environment. “I like seeing the community working together to help problems with the community and the environment”.

We estimate Andrew has single-handedly planted more than 1000 plants!

 


National Tree Day - 1700 seedlings in the ground!
We hosted a National Tree Day planting at Sydenham Park on Sunday 27 July. The sun shone as 154 volunteers from as far as Gippsland and Ballarat planted over 1700 trees and shrubs in the Maribyrnong Valley – making it our biggest Tree Day yet!

The planting is part of the landscape scale rehabilitation project “Greening the Maribyrnong” which is being facilitated by the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority.

 


How trees help clean our air

  • On average, one tree produces nearly 117 kgms of oxygen each year. Two mature trees can provide enough oxygen for a family of four. Source: Environment Canada, Canada's national environmental agency.
  • According to the Arbor Day Foundation, a mature leafy tree produces as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year.


What is Greening the West?
As part of City West Water’s Greening the West initiative we've committed to planting at least 10,000 trees every year in ten different reserves over ten years.

Council was fortunate to receive $28,500 funding from the Department of Environment and Primary Industry to implement the program's first year.

The funding is part of the Victorian Government 2 Million Trees Project. Between 2012 and 2014 this projects aims to plant

  • 1.5 million trees in parklands and other metropolitan Melbourne public spaces; and
  • half a million trees along waterways in regional Victoria.

For more information visit Healthy Urban Habitat.


Mark these dates on your calendar and get planting!

September

Explore and Restore Saturday 6 September

10am -12.30pm, Matthews Hill Grassland (Tom O’Brien Park)

41 Matthews Street Sunshine.

Learn more about local animals with Animals of Oz, create an artistic masterpiece and help plant wildflowers in grasslands.

For more information call 9249 4717

 

Wetlands and Wildlife Saturday 13 September

10am-12.30pm, Shearwater Meadow 69A Furlong Road Cairnlea

Learn more about local animals with Animals of Oz. Enjoy a sausage sizzle and get to know your wetland.

For more information call 9249 4717

 

Preserving the Winter Harvest Saturday 13 September

10am-1pm, Westvale Community Centre 45 Kings Road, St Albans

Saving the Winter season’s bounty for use the whole year through. Numbers are limited so bookings are essential.

For more information call 9249 4665

 

October

No dig vegie gardens Saturday 4 October

10am-12.30pm, Deer Park Library, Cnr Neale and Station streets, Deer Park

Setting up and growing no-dig beds, includes raised garden beds.

For more information call 9249 4665

 

Wild Walk Sunday 26 October

10am-12.30pm

Taylors Valley Parkland, Enter site via gate next to 91 Burrowye Crescent, Keilor

Come and join us on an all-terrain hike through Taylors Valley pulling woody weeds as we go.

For more information call 9249 4717