On 19 June volunteers from Landcare NSW and the Wilkins Public School Community joined to plant 400 trees on Wilkins Green, an extraordinary oasis of regenerated bush in the heart of Marrickville.

Over the years volunteers have transformed an overgrown and disused plot of industrial land on the corner of Sydenham and Livingstone roads into a lush, thriving sanctuary.

In addition to the hundreds of new trees that have been planted, the Green is home to an aviary to nurture native birds rescued by Wires, a pen housing some of the happiest chickens in the inner west, veggie patches, a purpose-built shed featuring a composting toilet and more.

The Green has been cultivated over many years by students, parents and carers from Wilkins Public School; the exceptional teachers at the school, led by their Principal Sheila Bollard; Inner West Council; volunteers from the local community and from Landcare NSW.

Thank you to everyone who braved the wind, rain and cold this past weekend and to all those who have worked to make Wilkins Green such a special place over the years.