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There are all kinds of wildlife that hang out in trees (not including kids). Trees provide shade, food and shelter for birds, reptiles, amphibians, and other mammals. In fact, many don’t realise that planting trees can help protect threatened species, too, such as the Powerful Owl and Regent Honeyeater.

“Research has shown that trees provide environmental, health and amenity benefits in relation to… bird and animal habitat… within a Local Government area.”
- Planet Ark

Trees are great for your home because you can share your backyard with wildlife and enjoy the beauty of living in a natural world. And wildlife can help keep some unwanted guests away because they eat a variety of insects and weeds that may not be welcome in your yard or garden.

Attracting wildlife can give an added colour boost from extra blooms. The more local wildlife you have, the more you can observe their seasonal changes - foraging, courtship behaviour, and nesting. And this is a great way to introduce children to wildlife enjoyment and appreciation.

For communities, planting trees for wildlife on private land extends the habitat corridor between private land and nature reserves and parks. Many native birds and animals rely on tree hollows for nesting during the day and foraging at night. And as more habitats become threatened, attracting wildlife provides a critical oasis for local wildlife, both for local species and migrating birds.

Join the Everyone Plant One campaign to support one million trees across Greater Sydney by 2022. It’s a big goal but an important one. Because, when everyone plants one, it’s better for everyone.

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Planting tips

It’s always a good idea to plant locally native trees and shrubs to attract birds and animals and create natural food sources and habitat. For more immediate service to wildlife, consider planting a mature tree.

Also try to plant in layers (consider locally native groundcover, low shrubs, medium shrubs, larger trees), as this creates more natural habitat for wildlife.

Don’t forget to think about water elements like ponds, rockeries and rain gardens for shelter and hydration. If you build it, wildlife will come.

If you need help choosing a variety of tree, check our recommended species.

How to plant one

Need help selecting the perfect tree, planting your tree, or looking after your tree? Watch our video series.