Bunnings, Planet Ark enlisted in Sydney tree-planting program

The NSW State Government has signed new partnerships with Planet Ark and Bunnings to drive its target of planting a million trees by 2022.

The three-year partnership deal with Planet Ark – which stages National Tree Day – is intended to promote tree-planting efforts across Greater Sydney, while the Bunnings partnership will see the retailer give 8750 trees to Sydneysiders as part of a backyard planting pilot program.

Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said: “Greening our urban neighbourhoods and backyards is integral to our community’s health and wellbeing …and [these] partnerships with Planet Ark and Bunnings will help deliver better urban environments for generations to come.”

Planet Ark deputy CEO Rebecca Gilling said the organisation had worked with the NSW Government on various sustainability projects over the past 10 years and was looking forward to partnering on another great environmental initiative.

To date, more than 293,000 trees have been planted as part of “Greening our city”, one of the NSW Premier’s Priorities to plant one million trees across Greater Sydney by 2022, and five million trees by 2030.