Why we’re on a mission to plant more trees

Published on 27 April 2021

man and child planting tree

An estimated one million trees grow on City of Tea Tree Gully land, such as parks, reserves and verges.

But we’re still on a mission to plant even more. Here’s why!

  • Trees reduce the impact of climate change by helping make our streets more liveable in hot weather. Tree cooling reduces heat-related deaths, particularly with vulnerable people.
  • Trees improve air quality and produce oxygen to breathe. A mature tree can absorb up to 150 kg of carbon dioxide per year, while filtering other pollution, such as carbon monoxide.
  • Trees reduce flood risk by filtering rainfall and releasing it slowly into waterways.
  • Trees benefit wildlife by providing homes, food and protection for wildlife.
  • Trees are good for real estate as mature street trees can help to increase property values and attract business investment.
  • Trees save you money because their cooling effect can reduce energy and home air conditioning costs.
  • Trees improve your wellbeing as being around trees is good for your mental health and can even help to increase our immunity.

 How you can help

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