Urban Forest Strategy

The City is developing an Urban Forest Strategy to help increase tree canopy cover on private and City-owned land over future decades. The strategy will set a clear direction for council and the community to follow ensuring greener neighbourhoods into the future. 

Find out more about the strategy HERE

Urban Forest Strategy Community Consultation

The City is running a series of community workshops to inform the draft strategy. Light food and drink provided and places are limited. Have your say by attending one of the workshops in June.

DateTimePlaceRSVP date
Tuesday 6 June 20176.00pm - 8.00pmStirling Community centres -Tuart Hill
Corner Cape and Stoneham Streets
Friday 2 June 2017
Thursday 8 June 20176.00pm - 8.00pmBob Daniel Community Centre
895 Beaufort Street, Inglewood
Monday 5 June 2017
Tuesday 13 June 20176.00pm - 8.00pmStirling Community Centres- Nollamara 
72 Sylvia Street
Friday 9 June 2017
Thursday 22 June 20176.00pm - 8.00pmScarborough Community Centre
173 Gildercliffe Street
Friday 16 June 2017

Click here for more information on the workshops
Click here to register your attendance at one of the workshops

Mapping our canopy cover

The City has been mapping and monitoring tree canopy cover for the past four years.  Using High Resolution Airborne Multispectral Imagery, canopy condition is analysed to calculate changes to 'significant canopy.' Significant canopy is defined as tree canopy cover that's taller than three metres and has a larger area than 20m².

Existing canopy cover

Extensive mapping and monitoring indicates the City has 12.9 per cent average tree canopy cover across all land types.

Causes of canopy loss

Canopy loss is the result of the removal of trees from public and private land as well as significant pruning.

Where are we losing canopy?

Mapping and monitoring reveals canopy loss rates have increased over the past four year period with a combined total of 808,000m² of tree canopy lost.

• 68 per cent loss from residential land
• 12 per cent loss from verges.

Nollamara lost 11 per cent of its tree canopy cover; Scarborough lost 10 per cent; Balga lost 9 per cent; and Doubleview and Innaloo lost 8 per cent.

Impacts of development
Over the four-year period:
• Properties in the R40 zone had a net loss of 15 per cent  of their tree canopy cover
• Properties in the R30 zone and R25 zone lost 9 per cent of their tree canopy cover.

Canopy growth

Across the City over the past four years, the City's existing canopy grew by 265,000m² but mapping shows those four years of gain was effectively lost in one year (2015/16).

What is the City doing?

With a view to halting the loss of canopy cover, Council set a target of an average of 18 per cent canopy cover across the City by 2030.

Million Trees Project

The City aims to plant one million trees and shrubs over a 17-year period. Over the past seven years, the City's planting average has been 55,448 trees and shrubs per year. In the 2015/16 planting season, the City is estimated to have planted 71,000 trees and shrubs bringing its total planting numbers to 406,211.