Replacing non-native plants with native species in your garden is one of the ways Liverpool Council are asking residents to protect, support and conserve biodiversity during Biodiversity Month in September.
Council has continued working to protect and enhance the natural environment - planting more than 2,600 trees and shrubs in parks in the Liverpool Local Government Area as part of its Environment Restoration Plan.
Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller said council has planted more than 2600 trees and shrubs in parks in the LGA as part of its Environment Restoration Plan.
"Earlier this year council's bush regeneration team planted around 320 native shrubs and trees at Woodside park, 360 at Joshua Moore Park and more recently almost 2000 native plants at Fassifern Park," Mayor Waller said.
"Council continues to work towards a greener Liverpool, enhancing the aesthetics of the area and providing habitat for local ecological communities and species. Research indicates tree planting reduces climatic extremes, improves air quality and provides habitat for birds and other wildlife."
You can help protect Liverpool's biodiversity by:
- Taking away your rubbish when visiting parks and open spaces.
- Reporting and eradicating pest plants that pose a risk to native bushland, such as the kei apple found growing in the Austral and Kemps Creek areas.
- Supporting or volunteering for council's Environment groups.
- Keeping pet cats inside (or contained in a secure environment).
- Purchasing food from sustainably responsible growers.
"It is great to see there has been an increase in use and appreciation for our open spaces during this time. We all have a duty to take care of our natural environment and to protect, support and conserve the wildlife and species that rely on these habitats for survival," Mayor Waller said.
"I encourage residents to look for COVID-safe ways to get involved in the betterment and protection of our natural environment."