Obscuring the view of a controversial 120 megawatt solar farm is one of the "added benefits" of a major tree planting project set to take place north-east of Wagga.
About 13,000 native trees and shrubs will be planted across the Eunony Valley next year, off the back of a $100,000 grant being distributed among local landowners.
The initiative is being financed by Spark Renewables as part of an agreement with Wagga City Council following their construction of the Bomen Solar Farm.
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Among those receiving funds are Michele Fromholtz and Tony Dunn, who will use $33,700 to plant lines of red box and yellow box trees across their property.
"With the funds we're planning to put a border of trees around the corner of Windmill Lane and Dunns Road which will help mitigate the visual impact of the solar farms," Mrs Fromholtz said.
"The more trees we have across the landscape the better. We're very keen on increasing corridors for wildlife and tree planting also has value in terms of climate, shade for livestock and things like that."
According to Mrs Fromholtz, Eunony Valley residents set a goal of planting 50,000 trees in five years following the announcement of the solar farm and this is "a good step" in helping them achieve that target.
Fellow resident Bill Schulz has welcomed the funding and said he is looking forward to seeing the valley become lush with native flora over the next few decades.
"We're very grateful because this is something that was promised to us originally as part of the solar development so it's nice to see it come to fruition," he said.
"It will be even better to see the end result when all the trees are growing and beautifying the Eunony Valley."
Mr Schulz said there has been a big community effort to get full value out of the contribution and residents have carefully planned the locations of their plants to minimise impact on farms and maximise visual screening.
Council's environment manager Mark Gardiner said the focus of the project is to enhance biodiversity in the area in a way that is beneficial to residents.
"The crux of the project is improving biodiversity and there are also added benefits as well like shading and visual screening from the solar farm."
The Eunony Valley Greening Fund is being run in partnership between Spark Renewables and Westpac.
Earlier this year, Spark Renewables provided an additional $250,000 to plant 50,000 seedlings in the Eunony Valley.
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