“An urban woodland”: Over 3000 trees to be planted at Westmead Hospital

Landcare NSW worker Thalie Partridge was one of the many team members helping plant trees at Westmead Hospital.

The grounds of Westmead Hospital are set to become an urban woodland thanks to a partnership between the NSW Government, Greater Sydney Landcare Network and Landcare NSW.

Landcare NSW CEO, Dr Adrian Zammit and a team of volunteers began planting 3,110 trees for habitat and healing at the hospital site on Wednesday 7 April.

Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) Chief Executive Mr Graeme Loy said the new greenery will be a huge benefit to hospital staff and patients, wildlife and the wider community.

“Green spaces aren’t just great for urban ecosystems, they’re also associated with better physical health, lower stress levels, and greater community satisfaction. These trees will create a beautiful environment for patients, visitors and our local community to relax and enjoy,” Mr Loy said.

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s Executive Director Green and Resilient Place, Mr Steve Hartley said the initiative was part of the NSW Government’s commitment to plant one million trees across Greater Sydney.

“Access to green spaces has important health benefits for the community and play a big role in supporting mental and physical health and we are committed to ensuring everyone across Greater Sydney can experience these benefits,” Mr Hartley said.

The new greenery builds on WSLHD’s sustainability efforts such as solar panels at Auburn, Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals, along with The Hills and Auburn community health centres. These sites can generate enough electricity to power a hundred homes a year and saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process.

Landcare NSW CEO, Dr Adrian Zammit said the organisation was proud to partner with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment in Greening our City.

“Landcare NSW works to improve the health of our environment and communities. By expanding the green canopy cover across Greater Sydney, we are not only contributing to our community’s health and well-being but also the protection of our native plants and animals by providing much needed habitat.

“The site’s proximity to Toongabbie Creek will help extend important habitat for small birds, microbats, and other native animals,” Dr Zammit said.

“We encourage the local community to get involved in this project. Through Landcare you can join a community, learn new skills, plant trees for wildlife and people, be out in nature and make a positive contribution to our environment.”

Matt Sydenham (Director Redevelopment & Infrastructure WSLHD), Dr Adrian Zammit (CEO Landcare NSW), Member for Parramatta The Hon. Dr Geoff Lee, MP, Maria Kuiatkowska and Steve Hartley (Department of Planning)

Member for Parramatta The Hon. Dr Geoff Lee, MP welcomed the initiative.