Cool It Birchip
In the small Mallee town of Birchip, they’ve planted trees – 170 at last count – to ramp up the shade and cool down the streets in readiness for a warmer, drier climate ahead.
Local not-for-profit Birchip Community Forum has led the project, selecting mature trees for their suitability to climate and location, but also with a respectful nod to Birchip’s sporting heritage.
The all-native species, including dwarf lemon scented gum and pin cushion hakea, also bear red and white flowers – the old Birchip Swan’s colours. Birchip Community Forum’s Brendan Beasley says the treeplanting drive has helped year 4 and 5 students from Birchip P-12 School learn about the changing climate, but also build their understanding on ways to respond: “The trees are an investment in our future and make the town a more inviting place to live and visit, showing that education and action can improve our capacity to adapt to climate change.”