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Greening our city

Partnerships play an important role in helping us deliver the Greening our City Premier’s Priority.

We want to partner with organisations, local government, businesses and the community to deliver healthier, happier and more resilient communities by making greener places and great public spaces.

We have partnered with Landcare NSW, Greening Australia and Planet Ark to help deliver on the Premier’s Priority to plant one million trees within Greater Sydney by the end of 2022.

The partnership with Landcare NSW will deliver 100,000 trees in areas of Sydney with low canopy cover. We will work with Landcare to identify strategic corridors and sites that would benefit from additional tree canopy cover. Landcare will also work with landowners, universities and local nurseries to identify the most appropriate trees to be planted on each site.

The partnership with Greening Australia will involve working with schools and communities to plant 72,000 trees across parks, schools and community spaces across Greater Sydney. We will work with the Department of Education and Western Sydney University to identify opportunities for planting in schools, prioritising those schools with low levels of canopy cover and shade.

The Greening our City Premier’s Priority is proud to be a Category Partner of Planet Ark’s National Tree Day from 2020-2022. This sponsorship recognises the close alignment between the Premier’s Priority objectives and those of the most recognised community tree-planting event in Australia. As part of this partnership, the Department will donate 10,000 trees towards Planet Ark’s Seedling Bank in 2020, an initiative of National Tree Day that provides community groups access to seedlings through grant funding.

Contact us

If you're interested in discussing partnership opportunities, contact: greeningourcity@planning.nsw.gov.au

About our partners

Landcare NSW

Landcare NSW is the peak representative body for community Landcare in NSW. Landcare NSW is a not-for-profit organisation that works in partnership with stakeholders to support local communities by building skills, capacity, strength, connections and partnerships, from individual volunteers and groups to district networks and regional associations advice.

Landcare NSW seeks funding and develops partnerships within NSW and is at the forefront of dealing with environmental, agricultural and social challenges facing NSW and Australia.

Greening Australia

Greening Australia is an independent, not-for-profit environmental enterprise that has been restoring and conserving Australia’s unique landscapes for almost four decades. With staff and offices in every state, Greening Australia works to apply the latest science, research and innovations to land restoration projects across Australia.

Greening Australia is committed to collaborating for impact, taking action to find nature-based, practical solutions to some of Australia’s biggest environmental challenges. Its aim is healthy, productive landscapes across Australia where people and nature can thrive.

Greening Australia has set several ambitious 2030 goals to maximise their impact, including:

  • establishing 500 million native plants
  • restoring 330,000 hectares of habitat and
  • sequestering 1.3 million tonnes of carbon per annum by 2030.

These goals align with the objectives of the Greening our City Premier’s Priority.

Planet Ark

Planet Ark is an Australian not-for-profit organisation that unites people, businesses and governments through positive environmental actions.

Established in 1992, Planet Ark is one of Australia’s leading environmental behaviour change organisations with a focus on working collaboratively and positively. Planet Ark helps individuals, communities, schools, businesses and all levels of government reduce their impact on the environment in three key areas: sustainable resource use; low carbon lifestyles; and connecting people with nature.

Planet Ark’s National Tree Day was first held in 1996 and is Australia’s largest community tree-planting and nature care event. Each year about 300,000 people volunteer their time to engage in environmental activities in their local areas. While the benefits of trees and nature are promoted year-round the celebration of National Tree Day traditionally takes place over the last weekend of July. Despite the cancellation of public tree-planting in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Planet Ark and the Greening our City Premier’s Priority strongly encourage people to plant trees in their backyards, on their balconies and in their gardens.