5000 new trees have been planted!

Campbelltown Golf Course’s greens are about to get a whole lot greener — with 5000 new trees being planted.

This is part of the State Government’s ‘Creating Canopies’ project which aims to create more shade in western Sydney.

“We gladly got involved,” said golf course General Manager David Turner. “We got Landcare volunteers, Toolojooa environmental restoration workers, Golfing Members and our own greenkeepers busy planting.

“We recently planted about 700 new trees up on the 15th hole, and today about 1000 are being planted on the 10th, 11th and 13th holes…a lot of the trees here are mature now, some nearing the end of life, and their main function is to provide shade, water absorption, and protection for neighbouring properties, so we’ve got to get the next generation of trees growing. We’ll be planting over the next few months.”

Matt Keighery, a coordinator with Greater Sydney Landcare said it was all part of the ‘Premier’s Priority of Greening Our City’ project which aims to add a million extra trees to Greater Sydney by the end of this year.

“Golf courses are highly regarded as hotspots of biodiversity,” Matt said, “so they have, as you can see at Campbelltown, some wild areas left untouched, so incredibly important for habitat connectivity in a cityscape.”

As Greater Sydney grows, more and more of it is affected by urban heat. Tree canopies help to create habitat for wildlife, tree diversity, and a cooler city creating spaces that invite people back into nature.

Nearby Rosemeadow has already seen major plantings, particularly along Copperfield Drive near Rosemeadow Public School.