Green footprint marks Mount Druitt Hospital

New plants will be spread across Mount Druitt hospital to encourage growth and enhance the ecosystem landscape.

More than 4,500 trees and shrubs will be planted on the grounds of Mount Druitt Hospital, creating a greener footprint, cooler environment, and enhance the wildlife habitat.

This new wooded, leafy area is part of the Creating Canopies in Greater Sydney tree-planting project between Mount Druitt Hospital, Greater Sydney Landcare Network, Landcare NSW and the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

Shaded and tree lined walking tracks leading from Luxford Road and Railway Street will  provide new pedestrian paths that staff, patients, visitors and community members can use.

More than 4,500 trees and shrubs will be planted on the grounds of Mount Druitt Hospital,.

Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals general manager and self-confessed green thumb Ned Katrib welcomes the natural expansion on the grounds of the hospital, helping create a greener footprint in Western Sydney.

‘I’d like to thank Greater Sydney Landcare for enhancing the hospital surroundings with the endangered trees and plants,” Ned said.

Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals general manager Ned Katrib.

“This natural environment will be maintained and cared for by hospital staff and will help decrease the ground temperatures of the surrounding areas.”

“Planting more trees on the hospital grounds will create an outdoor space so our patients and visitors can spend more time outdoors in a shaded environment.”

New plants will be spread across the hospital campus to encourage growth and enhance the ecosystem landscape.

Ned Katrib (Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals general manager), Matt Keighery (Landcare), Rajiv Kappor (project manager), Matt Tadorian (asset services) and Kiera Turner (Landcare)

Chair of Greater Sydney Landcare Network, Bev Debrincat, says Greater Sydney Landcare Network and Landcare NSW are proud to partner with Western Area Health Service and Mount Druitt Hospital to help green their space and improve their local environment.

“Landcare works to improve the health of our environment and communities. These new trees will help create healthy environments for the local community, hospital staff and patients and improve habitat for wildlife,” said Bev Debrincat,   

Matt Keighery from Landcare leads the planting charge.

The Mount Druitt planting is the fourth hospital that Greater Sydney Landcare Network,  Landcare NSW and NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment have worked together in greening hospital grounds as part of the Creating Canopies Project.

The trees planted are funded under the NSW Government’s priority Greening Our City to increase the tree canopy and green cover across Greater Sydney. Each tree planted at the hospital will be counted towards the goal of one million new trees by 2022.