City of Tea Tree Gully awarded ‘Tree Cities of the World’ accolade

Published on 09 May 2024

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The City of Tea Tree Gully has been recognised for its work to prioritise and care for local trees.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the Arbor Day Foundation has awarded the City of Tea Tree Gully the prestigious Tree Cities of the World title.

This international accolade recognises cities worldwide that uphold high standards for the preservation and management of urban trees and forests.

To receive this recognition, the City of Tea Tree Gully demonstrated adherence to the program's five core standards:

  • establishing responsibility,
  • setting regulations,
  • understanding existing resources,
  • allocating adequate funds, and
  • celebrating achievements.

Mayor Marijka Ryan expressed pride in the council’s achievement, drawing attention to the impact trees have on community and human wellbeing.

"The City of Tea Tree Gully now sits along big International cities of the world, like London, Paris, and New York, in its commitment to maintain a healthy tree canopy, and I am so proud of our hard-working teams’ dedication to the future of trees in our area."

“Trees play a vital role in enhancing air and water quality, providing shade, and enhancing the aesthetic appeal of city areas, it’s so important we look after them.”

The Tree Cities of the World initiative builds upon the success of the Arbor Day Foundation's Tree City USA program, extending recognition to cities globally.

Through this network, cities worldwide can share and adopt best practices for managing urban trees and forests.

For further details, visit Tree Cities of the World's website

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