Cockburn kids have taken positive action to add to the local tree canopy, planting two trees at the City of Cockburn’s Spearwood administration centre.
Members of the City’s Children’s Reference Group (CRG) planted two trees, a native and a non-native species to boost the tree canopy’s resilience, with a Jacaranda mimosifolia and Red Flowered Ironbark (Eucalyptus sideroxylon) now at home among a stand of mature trees.
Operating for more than a decade, the CRG comprises 14 primary school-aged members aged seven to 12 who live in Cockburn and are interested in being involved in the planning of their community in a fun and interactive way.
In July the group was involved in a 1000 Actions for the Planet workshop with Millennium Kids, a not-for-profit environmental youth organisation empowering young children to use their creative ideas to create change in their community.
The group received a $1,000 Millennium Kids project grant and after consulting with the City’s environment, parks and sustainability teams, chose to add to the City’s urban canopy by planting trees.
The project has been registered with the Millennium Kids Green Lab program which aims to protect, monitor and increase tree canopy in urban areas.
CRG members will water and monitor the trees each time they attend their monthly meetings at the administration centre, and document the project along with other local government projects on the Millennium Kids Green Lab website.
The City’s Urban Forest Plan (2018-2028) identifies six strategic objectives and targets, and 30 actions to help achieve a thriving urban forest. Read this plan
on the City’s website.
More information about the Children’s Reference Group
is available on the City’s website.