Tens of thousands of trees are to be planted across Canberra in a $14 million scheme over the next three years.
The money has been allocated in the forthcoming ACT government budget.
The trees would "make Canberra a more attractive, liveable and sustainable city for decades to come," according to Chief Minister and Minister for Climate Action Andrew Barr.
The government reckoned the mass tree-planting would be the fifth biggest such enterprise in the history of the ACT.
"It will help us to grow our city's forest to ensure it is sustainable, resilient and contributes to the wellbeing of our community in a changing climate," Minister for Transport and City Services Chris Steel said.
The aim is to get local groups involved planting some of the trees. Under the Adopt-a-Park program, groups can get grants to help care for open spaces and parks.
The government plans a bigger "urban tree canopy" to give shade to 30 per cent of the streets in the city over the next 25 years. In total, that would mean planting 450,000 trees.
The ACT government waters the trees it plants on streets for five years. After that, it is the responsibility of the local residents, particularly the house-holder next to the tree.
Mr Steel said a tree shading a house could cut temperatures in summer by as much as 10 per cent, so cutting electricity bills as well.
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