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Treemendous - 36,000 trees and plants to cool schools

Greening our city

Schools across Greater Sydney will be cooler and greener with the planting of tens of thousands of trees and plants, creating more inviting spaces for learning and play.

NSW Department of Planning and Environment Executive Director, Resilience and Urban Sustainability, Steve Hartley said the project is part of the Cooling the Schools program, in partnership with the Department of Education and Greening Australia.

“A key focus of the program is cooling our primary and secondary schools where temperatures can soar to over 40 degrees in summer, making it difficult for students to learn and play,” Mr Hartley said.

“So, more than 36,000 trees and plants will be planted at 180 schools across Greater Sydney by the end of the year. Each school will receive around 150 trees and plants with the students playing a hands-on role planting them.

“Today, Carramar Public School at Fairfield became the 50th school to complete their tree plantings, taking to more than 7,500 trees the number now growing in primary and secondary schools in Greater Sydney so far, as part of the program.”

Mr Hartley said schools from Hornsby to the Sutherland Shire and the Blue Mountains to Bondi are taking part.

“Tree coverage is our first line of defence against rising temperatures,” he said.

“We know they can make a huge difference to our lives by providing shade and reducing temperatures. They can reduce heat by at least one degree Celsius and reduce exposure to UV by up to 75 per cent.

“That’s why we are committed to increasing Greater Sydney’s tree canopy from 21 to 40 per cent by 2036 with the NSW Government allocating $60 million through the Climate Change Fund over the next eight years.”

The Cooling our Schools program is part of the NSW Premier’s Priority ‘Greening our City’, with the state on target to plant one million trees by the end of the year. Schools interested in participating, and creating cooler and more inviting play spaces, are encouraged to register at:  Cooling the Schools.

School students tree planting at Cecil Hills Public School
Tree planting at Cecil Hills Public School