Adopt a new leafy friend as street tree project resprouts
IF BRIGHTENING up the botanical parklands wasn't enough then green thumbs don't despair - Western Downs Regional Council's Adopt a Street Tree program is back.
About 3,500 trees have been planted since the program sprouted in 2017, with $300,000 worth of state government funding committed to continuing the project this year.
The Adopt a Street Tree program works by encouraging locals to 'adopt' a tree, which council workers plant on their street.
While council's Parks and Open Spaces team carry out formative pruning in the first two years of the trees life to encourage good form and health, it's then up to the home-owners to water and care for the tree.
They're not on their own though, with council handing out instructions on how to best keep the new leafy family member happy.
Western Downs Mayor Paul McVeigh confirmed the importance of green outdoor spaces for our community. "These trees are a wonderful addition to our towns and create spaces which encourage people to enjoy some time outdoors,” Cr McVeigh said.
Council's Parks and Open Space coordinator and horticulturist Matthew Robertson is excited to get the program up and running again. "There are many benefits that come from this program such as providing shade, fresh clean air and a habitat for our native wildlife,” Mr Robertson said said.
"We have chosen a range of different types of trees that we'll distribute to their best suited environment across the region.”
Registrations are open until end of July with planting set to start late August until October.
To register your interest, submit a form on council's website or contact the Customer Service Team on 1300COUNCIL.
For more information, visit www.wdrc.info/adopt- a-street-tree-program/.