The Bushmead community celebrated a major milestone over the weekend with the planting of the 500,000th tree.
The event held at Archerfield Park celebrated the revegetation project, where 185 ha of retained bushland is to be handed to the State Government for protection in 2023.
Cedar Woods has been working closely with environmental specialists for seven years to establish the degraded bushland and reinvigorate the natural landscape.
During this time 152 different species have been planted and more than 90kg of seeds have been sewn.
Cedar Woods engaged Creating Communities to encourage community involvement, specifically through the creation of environmental group, the Bushmead Cobbers, and regular local tree planting events in an effort to maintain 69 per cent of retained bushland.
State manager Ben Rosser said they were pleased to see so many years of hard work pay off.
“Since acquiring the site in 2010 Cedar Woods has worked tirelessly to ensure Bushmead has been developed in an environmentally sensitive and sustainable manner, starting with our significant revegetation program ,” Rosser said.
“Together, we have been able to rejuvenate the native bushland, while at the same time foster a tightknit community, which has been great to see.”
Creating Communities founding director, Allan Tranter said the weekend was a great example of how strong communities can be when they work towards a common goal.
“Planting 500,000 trees is no mean feat, by fostering community connection, Cedar Woods have been able to build a solid foundation for Bushmead estate,” Tranter said.
Along with planting a commemorative tree, Cedar Woods relaunched their Nature Trail with a new Nature Play Detective Trail for kids, encouraging residents to spend more time outdoors.
Cedar Woods encouraged its residents to connect further with nature, gifting locals with a seedling at the event for them to take home and plant.