More than 20,000 trees to be planted in Camden

Picture: Jonathan Ng

Picture: Jonathan Ng

Camden will be a whole lot greener in the next few years with at least 23,700 new trees to be planted in the area by June 2020.

A funding boost from the federal government’s 20 Million Trees program will help two local revegetation projects grow.

Camden Council has received $91,600 to plant 13,200 trees as part of its Creating Habitat for Camden White Gum project, and Greening Australia received $65,747 to plant 10,500 trees for the Annan Creek Restoration project.

A Camden Council spokeswoman said the White Gum project will take place along a portion of the Nepean River at Camden Town Farm.

“The project involves the staged removal of four hectares of woody weeds and planting 22,000 native trees and shrubs, including 200 nationally threatened Camden White Gums,” she said.

“This matter will be reported to council at one of the first meetings next year to accept the grant funding.

“Planting will occur in 2018 and 2019 and the community will be able to get involved through community planting events on World Environment Day, National Tree Day and Threatened Species Day.

“Further details will be made available next year.”

Annan Creek runs through the grounds of the Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living.

The creek has been degraded and eroded due to clearing, agricultural practices and neglect over the last 200 years.

Tree planting at the site will help to restore the Cumberland Plain Shale Woodlands and Shale-Gravel Transition Forest.

Hume MP Angus Taylor said many of his constituents were passionate about the environment and keen to help restore threatened habitats.

“I look forward to seeing the benefits these projects will bring to our local community, native species and our environment as a whole,” he said.

More than $14 million has been allocated to 12 large scale tree planting and revegetation projects across Australia.

“This funding will support local communities and help transform the landscape through restoring and reconnecting our native vegetation,” Mr Taylor said.