Adopt a Street Tree spreads its roots

Article image - Adopt a Street Tree spreads its roots Residents Bronwyn Henschell and Tony Nolan nurturing their tree.

Western Downs Regional Council, Queensland, has called on residents to help keep their towns beautiful by participating in the new ‘Adopt a Street Tree’ program.

Mayor, Paul McVeigh, said Council was encouraging residents to show their community pride by helping to create greener streets for the future.

“Adopting a street tree is a really simple way for residents to contribute to enriching our communities and foster pride, as well as play an active role in boosting liveability across our region.”

After residents have signed up online to adopt a tree, Council’s Parks and Open Spaces team inspect the street verge to decide which plants would be most appropriate for that area. 

From one to five trees will then be planted free of charge and the adoptive family receive a Care Guide with tips and tricks on how to look after their new Street Tree. 

Spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries, Councillor Carolyn Tillman, said, “We’ve selected a range of suitable trees that will not only thrive locally but create beautiful streetscapes across our region.”

Cr Tillman said by adopting a tree, residents not only help the environment and improve their town’s streetscapes, but in the longer term street trees also increase property values, boost economic development, and contribute to improved community wellbeing.

“The ‘Adopt a Street Tree’ program is a great opportunity for our communities to work alongside Council to create shady and more attractive residential streetscapes.”