Tree planting program branches out

Published: 22 December 2020

Close up of two people in safety gear planting a mature gum tree

Image above: Indigenous flowering gum trees being planted at Watsonia Primary School this week

We’ve been working closely with Watsonia Primary School to increase the number of indigenous trees around their playgrounds.

Around 65 indigenous trees and 400 shrubs will be planted at the school this year and next.

The school has chosen two kinds of flowering gum trees to shade outdoor play areas and provide more habitat, shelter and food for local wildlife.

The first group of trees were planted this week, with the remainder to be planted next year.

Watsonia Primary School is the latest place to receive trees this year as part of early work to plant the first of at least 30,000 trees for North East Link well before major construction starts.

Trees have also been planted at Belle Vue Primary School in Balwyn North and Simpson Barracks in Yallambie.

The tree planting program is one of the largest delivered for a major transport project in Victoria, with at least two trees planted for every one removed.

Trees will be planted along North East Link as part of the project design and in local areas nearby.

Visit our tree planting page for more information about the program.