Breathing Green Life into Industrial Areas
For immediate release
29 April 2021
On 28 April Strathfield Council launched the project Breathing Green Life Into Industrial Areas in Bellfrog Street, Greenacre. The project sees Council teaming up with Macquarie University to road test 15 species of trees, not commonly used in a street environment, to determine which will perform well in the projected heat and environmental conditions of the future. The project is an Australia first and is funded by the Department of Planning Industry and Environment, with the results to be shared with Councils throughout New South Wales.
Planting more trees and increasing the canopy will provide shade, a cooler environment, greater capacity for removal of particulate matter from the environment, and improve the general amenity of the area. It is anticipated that the findings of this research will inform future investment in street trees and provide evidence to support canopy development throughout not only the Strathfield LGA, but the entire Sydney Basin.
Project partners will engage with local businesses to build awareness of the heat issue facing the community and develop custodianship of the individual trees. A number of local businesses including Port Enfield and Madhouse Bakehouse have volunteered as project Ambassadors and Council is excited to be working with them on this important initiative.
The project was launched with tree plantings in Bellfrog Street, with control plantings established outside of the industrial precinct, and research will be conducted for 18 months.
This project is part of the Greening Our City grant program that is proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Local Government NSW.
For more information, please visit Council’s website www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au.
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