COUNCIL began planting around 1500 advanced trees throughout the municipality on Monday.

City of Greater Bendigo’s Paul Gangell said council is committed to improving the liveability of Bendigo’s urban areas and townships through its annual advanced tree planting program.

“This year’s program will focus on providing much needed shade to some of Bendigo’s most vulnerable areas to extreme heat and along key walking and cycling routes,” Mr Gangell said.

“The advanced trees are over 1.5 metres tall and include a mix of native and exotic species. All trees are carefully selected by the councill’s arboriculture team to ensure the most appropriate species for a location is planted, based on local conditions, climate, neighbourhood character and any relevant master plans.

Mr Gangell said the council is responsible for all ongoing maintenance of the trees including watering them for the first two years.

“All new requests for new street trees will now be considered for our 2020 program,” he said.

“This year’s program has been put together from resident requests and from suggestions received through the recent Greening Greater Bendigo community engagement exercise.

“Urban trees not only enhance the appearance of our City and its streetscapes but are essential to creating a liveable community. They provide shade and cool urban areas, support physical and mental wellbeing and improve our natural environment.”

Details of this year’s program including a list of tree types and locations is available online at www.bendigo.vic.gov.au