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.
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.
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The urban forest is made up of all trees three metres or taller growing within the City on private and public land. The urban forest is owned by both the community and the City, and its management is a shared responsibility.
The City’s urban forest provides economic benefits and promotes better environmental, community and health outcomes. The benefits of tree canopy include:
Reducing heating and cooling costs • Increasing property value• Improving wellbeing and mental health• Providing food and homes for wildlife• Providing shade and cooling • Creating liveable suburbs• Combating climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide.
Tree canopy cover is one of the ways we can measure the size of the urban forest. Tree canopy consists of the branches and leaves of a tree. It is not the number of trees, but the amount of canopy cover that has the greatest impact on shade and cooling. This means it’s important to not only plant new trees, but to protect established trees with large canopies because they provide the most benefits.
• Over the last five years, tree canopy cover has fallen by nearly 1 million square meters• Two-thirds of this loss has occurred on residential land, mainly as a result of development• Although the City plants 10,000 new trees each year, this is not enough to replace the canopy being lost • If we do not act now, canopy cover will be reduced by up to 50 per cent in suburbs with high rates of development. An Urban Forest Strategy will help us to develop solutions to slow down canopy loss and increase the number of new trees being planted.
Based on the consultation outcomes, a draft Urban Forest Strategy will be developed and presented to council for further consideration. We will then ask for feedback from the community before the strategy is finalised.
We look forward to your input to help grow our urban forest