Busy Bees Planting Trees in Menai

Published On 17 May 2018 at 09:00 AM

A group of local residents, including children and adults from Menai’s Forest Glen Estate, got their hands dirty planting over one hundred plants to replenish the Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest in their area.

Residents contacted Council’s Green Streets Team for assistance with their annual Working Bee and Council was pleased to assist.

“We provided one hundred tube stock plants, six potted trees, mulch and volunteer staff to assist the residents in creating the next generation of tree canopy in their part of Sutherland Shire,” said Sutherland Shire Mayor, Carmelo Pesce.

“It’s great to see our local residents getting outside and wanting to improve the environment in their area.”

Self-confessed green thumb and Forest Glen resident Ray Collins is proud of where he lives and says the local community are always willing to lend a hand.

‘We have a very strong community here in the Forest Glen Estate and we take care of all of the community facilities including gardens, a tennis court, swimming pool and clubhouse.” Mr Collins said.

“It’s a bit of an oasis out here!”

Each year, the group comes together and hosts a working bee to improve our estate and enhance the community areas.

This year the focus was the bushland.

“We focussed on the bushland area this year, because over the years we have lost some big trees and the area needed a bit of love,” Collins said.

‘With the assistance of the community and residents and with Council’s assistance, which has been very generous, we’ve been able to enhance the estate and improve the bushland for the community.”

Council also has a number of initiatives targeting our local environment, including the Green Streets Program that aims to replenish the canopy in our neighbourhoods so many more generations can enjoy the same leafy streetscapes we have grown to cherish.

By planning and investing in good quality tree planting and maintenance, and selecting the right species for the right locations, we can make sure trees remain an integral part of Sutherland Shire’s unique character.

Council’s Greenweb Program establishes natural corridors through private and public land, allowing both plants and animals a safe way to grow and move throughout Sutherland Shire.

This program helps to keep our local wildlife healthy and diverse, while providing residents with an educational opportunity that benefits local plant communities.

Want to see your street look a little greener?

You can nominate your street to be included in future Green Streets projects; by calling Council on: 02 9710 0106.

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