BRIGHTON Council and Spring Bay Mill have collaborated with Hobart Airport to plant 1000 native trees and bushes at Polonia Bridge Park to create a native ecosystem and habitat on the banks of the Jordan River.
The Brighton tree planting project is one of Hobart Airport’s airport carbon reduction initiatives. The airport is planting a tree a day in Tasmania for 2020 plus a further 29 trees because this year is a leap year.
A horticultural consultant for Spring Bay Mill Marcus Ragus worked with Council, the Mill and the airport, to provide his expertise in selecting plants for the Polonia Bridge Park site. He said the Polonia Bridge Park area was once part of a much larger natural ecosystem surrounding the Jordan River and kept the area healthy for hundreds of thousands of years.
“Today its closeness to urban areas in the municipality means it is increasingly important to the wellbeing of the local community,” Marcus said.
“Plant landscapes are important to the health of people and communities as they absorb and store carbon, one of our biggest contributors to greenhouse gasses. What is becoming apparent is that these environments are also incredibly important for human wellbeing.
“Undoubtedly, being close to our natural environment is good for our health,” Marcus said.
“Although this planting at Polonia Bridge Park is not a regeneration of the pre-existing landscape, it does help to establish the beginnings of a good balance between restoring the area and the needs of a community park. This has been the thinking behind selected plants,” Marcus said.