Kicking environmental goals with over 800 new trees planted
More than 800 new trees have been planted across Mitchell Shire this financial year as part of Council’s annual tree planting program.
Each year, Council plants and maintains a range of trees across both urban and rural areas of the shire.
These trees help create a modern urban landscape, have positive environmental impacts, as well as provide social and economic benefits for the community and local businesses.
As part of the annual tree planting program, an avenue of Crepe Myrtle trees have been planted over the past fortnight along High Street in Broadford.
This hardy species of tree, which was chosen in consultation with an arborist and local businesses, will replace those which declined in health last year due to frost, disease and soil damage.
As with all trees planted by Council, the new High Street trees will be inspected and maintained for two years, and will provide a wonderful floral display in late Spring.
Other highlights of the annual tree planting program include substantial tree plantings at the town entrances of Tooborac, Pyalong and Wandong, as well as tree plantings along streetscapes and parks in Broadford, Seymour and Wallan.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said street trees had so many benefits.
“Planting lush and vibrant trees in our townships makes our streets more visually appealing and is a really important way of enhancing that feeling of community pride, which is so important,” Cr Sanderson said.
“Creating attractive streetscapes also helps drive economic development for local traders.
“Council makes a conscious effort to increase our tree planting budget each year because of the importance our residents place on their trees and the amenity they create.”