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Trees for Schools Project Planted

Footscray North Primary School is going green with 50 trees being planted as part of the Trees for Schools project.

The trees, which have been grown and supplied by the Dame Phyllis Frost Correctional Centre in Ravenshall, will be planted just in time for National Tree Day this Sunday, July 30.

Trees for Schools is a partnership with VicSuper and is part of Greening the West.

City West Water Strategy and Planning General Manager, Cameron FitzGerald said the Trees for Schools project picks up on Greening the West’s goal of doubling the tree canopy of Melbourne’s west by 2050.

“It’s great that organisations such as VicSuper and Dame Phyllis Frost are joining forces with us on this project, which will increase tree cover on school grounds to bring shade, cooling, habitat and screening benefits,” Mr FitzGerald said.

“As major partners in the Greening the West project, City West Water is proud to support projects and activities that deliver increased vegetation along with access to, and use of quality green space.”

“By participating in the Trees for Schools project, Footscray North Primary School and the other 20 schools taking part are contributing to improved air quality, enhanced wellbeing and helping bring the community together.  By planting a total of 1000 trees, the schools are also setting a great example to the community in the lead up to National Tree Day.”

VicSuper Corporate Responsibility Manager, Kirsten Simpson said the Trees for Schools program was a natural fit for the organisation.

"VicSuper has looked after Victorian schools and teachers for many years, so supporting an initiative like this is really important to us. The Trees for Schools program also aligns with our broader commitment to the Victorian community and environment."

MEGT Australia are also supporting the project by assisting with the tree planting at schools.

The Trees for Schools project is consistent with the Victorian Government's Water for Victoria plan, which sets out a strategy to improve liveability, sustainability and creating more green spaces for community.

For more information on Greening the West, or how to participate in National Tree Day, visit www.greeningthewest.org.au 

About Greening the West

Greening the West has 23 partners from council, water authorities, government agencies, community and industry groups and all areas of business. They are passionate about helping to make Melbourne’s western suburbs more sustainable, liveable and healthier.

All our partners are advocates of, and share their knowledge, expertise and practical solutions for largescale greening. Together, we aim to achieve increased canopy cover and quality open spaces for the western region, and encourage activation of these spaces to contribute to healthy and liveable communities.