City of Stirling’s Million Trees Initiative passes halfway mark

City of Stirling’s Million Trees Initiative passes halfway mark

CITY of Stirling is on track with its ambitious target to plant one million trees between 2009-2025.

Mayor Giovanni Italiano said the City had planted 126,795 trees and shrubs this year alone.

“Next year marks the halfway point for the Million Trees Initiative, which is a long term project to increase the number of trees and shrubs in the City,” he said.

“We are now sitting at a cumulative total of 518,188, which means we’re ahead of our target by almost 20,000 plantings.”

While the City’s Parks and Reserves team carried out the majority of the plantings, 1500 trees were planted through the Community Tree Planting Program with the aid of volunteers and local residents.

The Million Trees Initiative is one of a number of sustainability projects implemented by the City to address the level of vegetation and tree canopy cover, along with policies regarding the retention of existing trees, particularly in areas of new development or low canopy cover.