Wollongong City Council staff will look to plant 500 new street trees across the region over the next four weeks.
The council has received more than 500 requests for new street trees to be planted on the verge outside properties across the Wollongong region. To meet the demand, a squad of Council staff is ready to plant as many trees as possible in one month.
"Since calling for residents to take on the challenge of caring for a tree in front of their home, we've been inundated by responses," Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said.
"We're responding to these requests with a tree-planting blitz. It's wonderful to see so many people get on board this project to green our communities and public spaces.
"As our city grows and climate change increases the heat stress on our communities, we need to plan and plant for the future. Plants and trees are one of the best long-term investments that cool our suburbs, reduce pollution and make our communities healthier and happier."
Council crews will target street tree requests in the southern suburbs until June 11 before moving on to the central and northern suburbs from June 14-25.
Council has provided some tips to care for the new street tree to help it get used to its new home. These include water regularly for the first couple of months, leave the collar around the tree, don't place grass clippings on the base of the tree and ask for help at 4227 7111 or email email@example.com.
This project is part of Council's Urban Greening Strategy and is just one way the council is working to improve trees and plants in public spaces.
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