The City is developing an Urban Forest Plan 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 recently ran four community workshops and one industry workshop, consulting 325 people and generating more than 1,000 potential solutions to reduce tree loss and increase tree planting.
A copy of the presentation given is available here.
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Our 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.
Our urban forest is essential. One single tree can be an air conditioner, provide shade, filter pollutants, collect dust and capture Carbon dioxide. Trees also provide food and habitat for wildlife, improve health and well-being and reduce health care costs. They can add value to your home and improve the look and feel of your neighbourhood.
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.
Based on the community consultation outcomes, a draft Urban Forest Plan 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.