Nine trees planted in Springwood St
Members of the Peninsula's Grow Urban Shade Trees group planted nine trees in Springwood St, Umina, during August.
The trees were planted as part of the group's project, Showcase Streets, that aims to increase the presence of urban vegetation in our suburbs.
Organiser Ms Debbie Sunartha was pleased with the turn-out by members and the public.
They were joined by Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch.
"We were delighted and encouraged to see so much support," she said
"Considering the weather conditions were not favourable, we still managed to coordinate a successful planting."
The group has planted 258 trees on the Peninsula since its inception and has maintained a 93 per cent survival rate for the trees that they have planted.
Ms Jennifer Wilder said the group would continue to combat the "urban heat island effect" that impacts the Woy Woy Peninsula by engaging with residents and working side by side to increase tree canopy which helps to keep our suburbs cool.
Through community engagement, the group was able to educate residents about considered plantings that took into account tree suitability, position and proper planting procedures that ensured the best chance of survival, she said.
"We can see that this approach is a success by the 93 per cent survival rating we have been able to achieve with trees planted to date," she said.
Showcase Streets is an initiative funded through a Central Coast Council grant obtained by GUST's parent organisation, Umina Community Group.
Donations from local businesses were also made to assist the plantings on the day.
Media release, 11 Sep 2019
Liesl Tesch, Member for Gosford