Tree planting program

Image above: We’re working with local nurseries and social enterprises to plant the first of at least 30,000 trees for the North East Link Project.

The North East Link Project will deliver one of the largest tree planting programs for a major infrastructure project in Victoria - keeping our commitment to plant at least two trees for every one removed from local streets and neighbourhoods.

The first of thousands of trees to be planted in local areas have already started going in the ground – well ahead of major construction starting in 2021.

More than 200 native trees and 2,000 shrubs and plants have started being planted at Belle Vue Primary School in Balwyn North to help grow a thicker, healthier understory for the school’s existing trees and support the school’s sustainability program.

Over the coming years, more than 30,000 trees will be planted along the North East Link Project and nearby to shade local areas, improve open spaces and enhance the look and feel of community places.

We won’t just be counting the numbers of trees, but also what they do – making sure we create a greener north and east.

Over time, trees planted for North East Link will grow to provide more cover from tree canopy than has been removed.

Tree canopy is what you see when you look up. It’s crucial to help cool our neighbourhoods in summer, provide shade from the sun, create habitat for native animals and support cleaner air and waterways.

We’ll be talking to the community later this year about opportunities to get involved. To stay up to date on the latest project news, sign up to our e-newsletter.

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Download the tree planting program factsheet