A new forest in the heart of Gosnells will provide a leafy legacy to remember loved ones, celebrate life events, acknowledge achievements and contribute to greening the City.

The City of Gosnells Community Forest will be created in a section of John Okey Davis Park in Gosnells and planted with native species including Jarrah, Marri, Flooded Gum, Wandoo and Tuart.

Mayor Terresa Lynes said residents, local businesses and community organisations could purchase a tree for the forest in July, ready for planting in August.

“There are countless reasons people might want to plant a tree, whether it is to celebrate a birth, wedding or other life event, in memory of a loved one or pet, as a corporate gift, as a legacy for school or community groups, to replace trees that have been removed on private property, or simply to boost our local environment,” she said.

“This forest will be a place where our community members can leave a lasting living legacy for the future and, in time, create a shaded, peaceful place for residents to sit and reflect.

“Planting this forest will also improve our air quality and tree canopy, create habitat for native wildlife and work to reduce the local impacts of climate change.”

A fee of $300 will contribute to the cost of buying, planting and establishing each tree, and people or groups who purchase a tree will receive a commemorative certificate and unique ID for the tree. A display at the site will acknowledge contributions to the forest.

The trees purchased for the forest will be large specimens, in 150-litre to 200-litre pots, to create an immediate impact on the landscape.

Any tree purchases requested after 31 July each year will be added to the forest the following year, with trees planted each winter.

Click here or call 9397 3000 to purchase a tree for the Community Forest, or for more details.