There are simple and practical things that we can all do to help our environment, and the City is helping make these happen with grants and free workshops.
Did you know you buy and plant a tree for your garden - and get reimbursed by the City of Sydney?
The City's Tree Planting Matching Grants encourage neighbours to plant trees, making streets more beautiful and improving the air, soil and water quality of our communities.
Neighbours and communities can work together to select and plant trees on private properties - increasing Sydney's green canopy, creating new habitats for birds, and helping cool homes in summer.
To receive a grant, residents from at least two separate properties, living near each other, must apply together.
The City will meet the cost of buying and transporting trees, including those too large to be moved by car, as well as tools for planting and even mulch to keep them healthy.
Trees available include evergreens like Yellow Bloodwood, Brushbox, Red Ironbark, Tuckeroo, Bottlebrush, Banksia and Paperbark, and deciduous trees including Jacaranda, Chinese Elm, Trident, Maple and Ornamental Pear.
Each year a large mature tree can absorb 3,400 litres of stormwater, filter 27 kilograms of pollutants from the air and provide a cooling effect equivalent to continuously running 10 air conditioners, with larger trees providing four to eight times the benefit of smaller trees.
If you're interested in taking advantage of the City's tree matching grants, visit: http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/community/grants-and-sponsorships/the-citys-programs/matching-grants
If you're looking for other practical ways to green your home, the City is running workshops on cleaning, gardening and growing with experts offering advice and answering questions.
Upcoming workshops include:
- Spotless: natural cleaning, Ultimo Community Centre, 40 William Henry Street, Cnr Bulwara Road, Ultimo, Thursday 23 May, 6:00pm.
Learn simple, planet-friendly tricks and tips to clean your home the natural way. You'll leave with all the info you need to ditch the chemicals and save on expensive cleaning products.
- Seed to Plate: Edible Gardening in Small Spaces, Green Square School , 237 Botany Rd, Waterloo, Saturday 25 May, 10:00am.
Discover how you can start a thriving edible garden on your balcony or terrace. Learn what plants and vegetables grow well in small spaces, how to build a no-dig garden, make your own potting mixture and grow veggies without the use of chemicals.
- Biodiversity: fostering local wildlife, Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre, 401 Crown St, Surry Hills, Monday 27 May, 6:00pm.
Create habitat in your backyard or balcony as we head towards World Environment Day on 5 June. Learn about Sydney's native plants and animals, what habitat they require and how to create space for birds, lizards, frogs and more in your backyard or balcony.
- Speed Date a Sustainable Designer, Paddington Town Hall, 249 Oxford Street, Paddington. Saturday 1 June.
Free 13 minute dates with an architect to make your renovation greener. Run by the Alternative Technology Association and supported by the City.