A great reason to get our hands dirty
The City of Sydney has worked with Planet Ark to hold National Tree Day events since 2010. Through the event, more than 5,000 people have planted around 35,000 native trees, shrubs and grasses across the city.
“National Tree Day is about our communities coming together to appreciate nature and give back to the environment. It’s great to see everyone getting their hands dirty.” said Planet Ark’s Rachel Ridley.
A new family planting tradition
For the Tran family, coming to National Tree Day is becoming a yearly tradition.
“This is our third year planting trees! We love the atmosphere because everyone is very relaxed and friendly and it’s great to be a part of growing new trees in the community,” Mrs Tran said.
First-time planters Jess and Meg
“This is our first time at a National Tree Day event and it’s exciting to see so many members of the community out on a Sunday morning making the city a greener place to live.”
Planting for a greater urban canopy
We aim to increase our urban canopy by 50% by 2030 across the City of Sydney area. National Tree Day is an opportunity for everyone to pick up a few planting tips and learn about land restoration.
Planting trees for positive change
Lord Mayor Clover Moore photographed with City of Sydney staff members.
"Climate change is a serious issue for us all. The biggest impact on us will be increasing temperature and increasing heat. 1 tree can take the place of 10 air conditioners. For the driest continent on earth, it's incredibly important we increase our tree canopy," Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.
The Barton family teaches the next generation
“This is our first time at this event. It’s a great way to get the family involved with the community and we’re heading home to plant more flowers afterwards. It’s good to teach kids about sustainability,” Mr Barton said.
Luana and Luccas dig up childhood memories
“When I think about my childhood in Brazil I have memories of planting on my grandparents farm. Doing a small act to help the environment is priceless and it’s really important that we all come together to make change,” Luana said.
“It’s a great day to get out on a Sunday morning and make a positive change,” Luccas said. “I work in the area so it’s nice to know there’s a plant here that I can visit in the future and say – ‘I planted this tree’.”
One tree can help make a forest
“I hope there’ll be a forest here someday,” said Thomas, age 8.
Greening the city from balcony to park
“I love planting and gardening. I plant a lot of vegetables with my husband on our balcony, and it’s great to get outside and plant with the community today,” Shu Wen said.
“I love planting trees and digging up worms,” said Isaac, aged 5.