Community Forest takes root

Community Forest takes root

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Mayor Terresa Lynes with the recently-planted tree she sponsored to celebrate the birth of her first grandchild, at the City of Gosnells Community Forest at John Okey Davis Park.

The first 20 trees have been planted in the Gosnells Community Forest at John Okey Davis Park.

Mayor Terresa Lynes bought one of the first trees to celebrate the birth of her first grandchild, Adeline.

“Adeline is 10 months old now and it will be lovely to see her and her tree grow up together,” she said.

“The Community Forest is in a beautiful location by the Canning River and it will be fantastic to have picnics under the shade of these trees in years to come.

“Planting this forest will also improve our air quality and tree canopy, create habitat for native wildlife and work to reduce the local impacts of climate change.”

The trees can be planted to commemorate and celebrate a range of milestones, including births and weddings, in memory of a loved one or pet, as a corporate gift, a legacy for school or community groups or simply to boost the local environment.

The trees planted this season were large specimens of native species including Marri, Flooded Gum, Wandoo and Tuart.

A fee of $300 contributes to the cost of buying, planting and establishing each tree, and people or groups who buy a tree receive a commemorative certificate and unique ID for the tree when it is planted.

A display at the site will soon be installed, acknowledging contributions to the forest.

Community members can now sponsor a tree to be planted next winter, by visiting the City’s website at gosnells.wa.gov.au or calling 9397 3000.