Beloved Trees for Mum successfully celebrates 16 years

Thursday, 25 May 2023

Penrith mums, grandmothers, aunts and mother figures were celebrated and honoured with a special booked-out Trees for Mum event held by Penrith City Council’s Bushcare team on Mother's Day.

The popular and beloved Trees for Mum event saw a record-breaking turnout for its Sweet 16, with 300 participants from the Penrith Local Government Area (LGA) and other LGAs planting a total of 380 native plants grown from Council’s nursery. 

“It speaks highly about the significance of this event that we’re now celebrating such an important milestone — 16 years of Trees for Mum,” Cr Hitchen said. 

"It was a fantastic and really positive event on the day. One thing I appreciate most about the event is the opportunity to plant a tree in tribute to someone special. I know participants on the day feel the same way considering how heartfelt many of the messages written to Mum were. 

“People were there for varying reasons; many planting trees as a dedication to a loved one or to people who inspired them as mums,” she said. 

“I am a proud supporter of Council's Bushcare Program, nursery and the hardworking teams behind both. The nursery’s contribution is so valuable for special Council events like this one and lets the community find out more about our local environment. 

“With the heat problems we face here, there has also been an increase in interest in tree planting. This year’s Trees for Mum makes up a component of the Greening our City program, which is seeing more trees planted in neighbourhoods like Cambridge Park." 

The event encourages attendees to write a message for their mum, grandmother, aunt, or mother figure, and dedicate their planted tree in her honour. 

Trees for Mum is one of many tree planting projects Council is undertaking this year across the Penrith LGA as part of the Greening our City tree planting program. Find out more at 

Council has shared a photo album of the event on its Facebook page, which can be found at

Council encourages participants to return to Harold Corr Oval in Cambridge Park to see how their trees are growing. These trees will help provide habitat and shelter for local wildlife and cool the neighbouring community with additional shade. 

To keep up to date with similar tree planting events, and to book the first spots for Trees for Dad for Father’s Day in September, subscribe to the Bushcare Bulletin at 

This project is part of the Greening Our City grant program that is proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Local Government NSW. 

Information contained within this news release was correct as at Thursday, 25 May 2023.