Community Love Powers #GreeningVicPark Efforts
The Town of Victoria Park’s Urban Forest program continues to go from strength to strength every planting season, with the enthusiastic support of and collaboration with its residents, community groups, local schools and businesses.
In 2021, our Vic Park community - and their green thumbs - helped to plant a huge number of plants, 7916 to be exact - at Town wide Community Planting Days and localised Green Basin events.
Both event types have been designed to not only meet the Town’s Urban Forest Implementation Action Plan strategic outcomes. They also provide our community with the opportunity to actively get behind #GreeningVicPark, continuing the tradition established in the community-led Urban Forest Strategy, which of course, ignited the greening spirit of our Town.
Community Planting Days
Every year, residents and community members are invited to Community Planting Days to plant seedlings at a selected park or area around Town that has been identified as suitable for creating Urban Ecosystems.
In 2021, despite lockdown uncertainties, date changes and a very stormy winter, over 250 community members still showed up to to community planting days:
- Sunday 25 July, at Kent Street Verge, to also celebrate NAIDOC Week and highlight the theme of "Heal Country." A Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony opened this planting day event.
- Sunday 22 August 2021, at Houghton Reserve, to help celebrate National Tree Day.
Vic Park Green Basins Program delivers community micro parks
Over two Sundays in August - local Vic Park street residents have been putting their green thumbs into action, helping to weed and plant the front of drainage land, creating micro parks that everyone can enjoy as community gathering spaces.
The Vic Park Green Basins program is another Urban Forest initiative that is focused on greening upgrades to sumps around the Town, so that we can improve the function, appearance and ecological contributions of these spaces.
Our community are now able to enjoy and gather at the following new micro park spots:
- 76 Canterbury Terrace, East Vic Park
- 91 Planet St, Carlisle
- 6 Paltridge Avenue, Carlisle
- 30 Satellite Place, Carlisle
- 22 Gallipoli Street, Carlisle
Together, creating a healthier environment to live in
The numbers speak for themselves!
Together, our 250+ community members who volunteered their time and energy into planting 7916 plants directly helped to create 8889m2 of urban ecosystems - 8,314m2 from our community planting events and 572m2 in the micro parks.
More urban ecosystems contribute to creating a healthier and happier place to live in, through:
- Increasing vegetation, supporting and strengthening our local fauna;
- Contributing to the Town’s 20% Urban Forest canopy cover target;
- Improving the ecology of the Town.
Together, contributing to a more connected, active community
The simple - but powerful act of planting - to create a more connected community was certainly evident through feedback such as:
- 89% of participants said planting activities gave them a sense of community belonging by meeting new neighbours, doing something fun with friends and family, and meeting new people;
- 93% of participants said the planting activities gave them an opportunity to create positive local impact via contributing to the Town's Urban Forest and doing something positive for the environment (76%) and helping improve their local area (82%).
Coming up: More #GreeningVicPark
As one participating community member said: "I'm excited to see what the Town does next and want to say thank you for all the hard work that staff, council and community put in to make the Urban Forest program what it is."
And so, more opportunities to get involved and contribute to our urban forest program continues. The Town is currently planting street trees on verges, and if you’re after a free street tree, get in touch today (for next year planting) or submit a tree project proposal that we can work on!