In 2020 and 2021 we have partnered with the Greater Bank to plant 20,000 new trees across seven sites. In a normal year we would invite you to help us plant but in 2020, due to COVID19, we are unable to do this. We hope you can help us add to the city’s green spaces by taking part in one of our community planting days in 2021. Over the next 12 months the Greater Bank is supporting us plant at these sites:
Planting will be undertaken in the southern section of King Edward Park along the popular Bathers Way walk. 4000 new plants will enhance a protected and endangered ecological community known as 'Themeda grassland on seacliffs and coastal headlands'. New coastal vegetation will support wildlife and improve the park for walkers, runners and picnickers.
Planting will reinstate vegetation around an important freshwater wetland. Located on the edge of Wallsend and home to many local and migratory bird species, this wetland is a big drawcard for local birdwatchers. 2,500 new plants will enhance this area for both aquatic and terrestrial native animals.
This is the second stage of a planting to enhance a pocket of Coastal Foothills Spotted Gum Ironbark Forest. The first was completed in 2019 on National Tree Day. 5,000 native grasses, groundcovers, shrubs and trees will be planted the will benefit both the community and our native wildlife.
Planting will install canopy trees and low growing groundcovers along a strip of Heaton Park that surrounds sporting fields. This is a hot area and 2,500 new plants will help provide shade and cool the area for the benefit of the community..
Planting will include a mixture of trees, native grasses and groundcovers that will compliment a future dog park and cycleway. 3,000 new plants will not only create a cooler, more appealing space, but it will treat stormwater runoff into the nearby Hunter Water channel.
We will plant 80 successional trees at Wallsend Park to ensure the park remains a cool place to rest and play. New trees will provide shade and increased community wellbeing.
Planting will revegetate around 500 metres of creek along a rehabilitated section of Ironbark Creek. 3,000 new plants will reduce creek bed and bank erosion and continue to reinstate a wildlife corridor that extends from Elermore Vale through Wallsend to internationally important Hexham Swamp and Hunter Wetlands National Park.
For more about the project visit the Greater Bank website. You can also subscribe to our monthly Natural Connection e-newsletter to stay up to date on future community planting days.