Tree planting initiatives

The City understands that street trees are important and provide environmental, aesthetic, cultural and economic benefits to our community.

The City operates several street tree planting programs during the winter months in an effort to increase canopy cover from the current level of 12% to 18% by 2040.

In effort to combat this canopy loss, the City of Stirling is committed to planting street trees along verges. 

Themed Avenue planting

Themed Avenue planting aims to create green streetscapes and increase shade along streets, footpaths and verges by planting consistent avenues of trees across the city. Primarily focused on blanket planting in areas of low canopy cover, this program also addresses regeneration of older avenues, removal and replacement projects.

Development planting

Tree loss due to development is the greatest threat to canopy cover over the City of Stirling. For this reason, street trees are planted on the verges of all new developments approved since October 2010.

Verge treatment planting

Verge treatment planting targets verges where ‘hard-stand treatments’ have been installed. Treatments such as paving and synthetic turf increase local temperatures throughout the City and it is therefore required for property owners to provide adequate space for a street tree (or more if space permits).

Read the Verge Treatment Policy to find out more.

Reserve planting renewal program

Every year the City plants trees in reserves, verges, buffer zones and road reserves. Species are chosen to best match the existing local ecosystem while also providing diversity.

Did you know?

A decline in canopy cover results in reduced air quality and increased summer temperatures. Residents can assist in tree development by watering during the dry summer months.

Tree planting iniatives will resume next year during planting season. To join a community tree planting event, visit the community tree planting page