THE call is out for members of the community to get involved in a Greening Greater Bendigo Urban Tree Strategy to increase tree cover in our urban areas and townships.

Those interested can contribute by filling out an online survey at www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/greening or by attending one of two listening posts from 11am to 2pm Sunday, September 16, at the Eaglehawk Regional Play Space opening, Lake Neangar or 9am to 1pm Saturday,

October 13, at the Bendigo Community Farmers’ Market, Sidney Myer Place, Bendigo.

City of Greater Bendigo council’s Paul Gangell said the community consultation for the strategy will help identify priority areas for future tree planting and greening projects to protect the trees and green spaces the community values.

“Greater Bendigo is known for its beautiful street trees and I urge members of the public to get involved with the development of this strategy,” Mr Gangell said.

“The council manages and maintains more than 100,000 urban trees across Greater Bendigo in local streets and public open spaces and plants over 1000 new trees every year.

“Urban trees are important because they provide countless environmental, economic and social benefits by supporting community health and wellbeing and enhancing the character of our urban areas and townships”.

Mr Gangell said trees and greenspaces are essential to creating a liveable community by providing shade and cooling in urban areas.

“They also promote physical and mental wellbeing and improve the quality of water, soils and ecosystems,” he said.

The information gathered will be used to develop a draft strategy and action plan which is expected to go to council for consideration in June 2019 before going on display for further public comment.