Tree Spotting Highlights Importance of Green Canopy
The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has launched a Tree Spotting community awareness campaign to highlight the environmental importance of trees and major role they play in the visual beauty of the Mornington Peninsula.
Council’s Tree Spotting program involves the community using their mobile phones to photograph their favourite tree anywhere within the Shire and emailing to email@example.com with the location to have the tree added to the Tree Spotting online gallery.
The Green Wedge has a total area of 51,204 hectares (512 km2), which comprises approximately 70% of the area of the Mornington Peninsula Shire.
More than 80 percent of the land within the Green Wedge is in private ownership, consisting of some 4,939 lots and collectively have an important role in the environmental management of the Mornington Peninsula Green Wedge area.
Trees also play a major role in the liveability of the Shire’s major urban activity centres, townships and coastal villages. Access to trees, green spaces, streetscapes and parks promotes greater physical activity, and reduces stress, while improving the quality of life, a well-known concept acknowledged by medical authorities and town planners.
To create an awareness of the importance of Trees on the Mornington Peninsula the Council has released Wilbur Worm’s Online Green Puzzle as part of the program to engage families and children in the appreciation of trees and their environmental importance.
The Tree Spotter awareness campaign is the first stage in the development of a Mornington Peninsula Shire significant tree policy.