Winter tree planting commences
Did you know there are currently more than 26,000 trees in the City’s streetscapes and reserves?
In July, the City will start its annual winter tree planting season. Each year, around 1,200 trees are planted throughout City streetscapes and reserves. The most common species planted are Agonis and Jacaranda trees along with an assortment of local native Eucalyptus. The trees are regularly assessed and updated on the City’s database and can be viewed via Intramaps, the City's online mapping system.
Street trees are a vital part of the City’s urban forest and provide over 800,000 square metres of tree canopy cover. If you have room for a new street tree you can request a tree/trees online using the City’s ReportIt service.
City officers will determine the appropriate tree species, alignment and spacing for your verge and street in order to maintain the continuity of existing streetscapes. Once the trees are planted, City contractors water them for their first two summers to help them become established. Residents are encouraged to provide extra water during hot dry periods and to continue summer watering after the initial two years.
Benefits of street trees
Street trees provide many benefits to the community and local streetscapes including:
- Valuable shade
- Reducing surface heat
- Protection from wind
- Reducing glare
- Providing habitat for fauna
- Replenishing oxygen while removing carbon dioxide
- Providing a more aesthetically pleasing environment
- Reducing storm water runoff.
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