One Million Trees
MillionTreesNYC is a PlaNYC public-private initiative set up to plant and care for one million new trees across the five boroughs. The initiative was set up to plant one million trees in a decade, this has recently been achieved two years ahead of schedule. This has increased the size of the urban forest in New York City by 20 per cent.
While 70 per cent of trees have been planted in parks and other public spaces, 30 per cent has been added by private organisations, homeowners and community organisations.
This initiative encourages residents to get involved by adopting or volunteering time to plant trees. There are events set up to encourage the community to get involved and to learn more about planting and tree care. Residents who register for these events give away free trees to encourage the community to get on board.
Urban forests increase the wellbeing of those that live there as well as reap economic, health and environmental benefits.
In Melbourne, the council has created the Urban Forest Strategy to ensure the evolution and longevity of Melbourne’s urban forest. The strategy includes plans to increase tree canopy coverage from 22 per cent to 40 per cent by 2040, improve biodiversity and increase forest diversity.
To read more about the MillionTreesNYC initiative and more about Melbourne’s Urban Forest Strategy click on the links below.