26 September 2023

New trees App tells which are where

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Green thumbs can discover the native plants that best suit their area with the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) launching an innovative new app.

Senior Team Leader for vegetation and biodiversity mapping at DPE, Bob Denholm said the new Trees Near Me NSW app was designed to help users easily discover information on native plant communities, trees and vegetation all around the State.

Mr Denholm said identifying the right plant communities for replanting and restoration was important for both wildlife and the environment.

“The Trees Near Me NSW app is free to download, easy to navigate and will take the guesswork out of choosing tree or plant species best suited to local areas,” Mr Denholm said.

“Getting the right local mix of trees and plants helps get the right ecological mix for restoring landscapes and their biodiversity,” he said.

“The most common question people ask is ‘what used to grow here?’ and for the first time anywhere in NSW, the app can answer that for you.”

Mr Denholm said that once people knew what plant communities were local to their area, they could easily search the app’s list to find out which native plants to choose.

He said the app would encourage people interested in Landcare and planting natives to think about new possibilities for landscape restoration.

“The newly released app draws on extensive vegetation classification and mapping available from the Bionet database developed over many years by the Department of Planning and Environment’s (DPE) scientists,” the Senior Team Leader said.

“There are many really wonderful native species to discover and this app will help people do that.”

He said the Trees Near Me NSW app was free to download from Google Play and Apple app store.

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