City of Gosnells Councillors have endorsed a public tree strategy that will ensure a ‘greener’ future for the City’s public spaces, such as streetscapes and parks.
The City started significantly increasing the number of trees it plants in 2019 and Mayor Terresa Lynes said Greening Gosnells: Our Public Tree Strategy would boost the City’s planting program in targeted areas between now and 2030, improving tree canopy coverage, shade, amenity and habitat.
“Like elsewhere across Australia and the globe, trees in the City are under stress from a drying climate, irregular rainfall patterns, fluctuating ground water tables, heatwaves and extreme weather events,” she said.
“The importance of a considered strategy for trees on public land is increasing, as trees are often cleared for development and some landowners are reluctant to retain or plant trees on private property.”
Greening Gosnells includes a target to maintain tree canopy cover across 15 per cent of the City’s land area and ensure at least 2,500 trees are planted in public spaces each year in an effort to mitigate the losses.
It also includes provisions to replace wooden bollards commonly found along kerbsides and around park borders with trees, increase street tree planting, review and improve maintenance schedules, support community planting activities and a commitment to only remove healthy trees as a last resort.
Priority locations for planting include biodiversity corridors, parts of the City with low canopy coverage and near walkways and paths to provide shade to pedestrians and cyclists. Two additional parks each year will be added to the current planting schedule.
Tree selection is also guided by the strategy, with a mix of native and non-native species to be considered to ensure the right trees are planted in the right locations. Trees suitable for black cockatoo foraging, roosting and breeding will also be identified and prioritised.
“Trees can make a real difference to the City’s amenity as well as community health and wellbeing,” Mayor Lynes said.
“Trees provide essential shade and can cool suburbs by up to 10 degrees Celsius. They also enhance biodiversity, provide essential habitat for wildlife, improve air quality, remove carbon from the atmosphere and absorb nutrients that could pollute waterways.”
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