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Branching out: why do we need trees for our homes and neighbourhood?

The City’s urban forest was identified as an essential asset that provides cooling and shade, supports biodiversity, and contributes to mental and physical wellbeing, amongst many other factors. Protecting, maintaining and, ultimately, growing the City’s urban forest is an important topic we are addressing.

To address the urban canopy decline, the City’s Urban Forest Plan (2022) exhibits the vision for protecting and establishing the City’s urban forest through a series of strategies and actions.

One of the Plan’s actions is to ‘adopt a local planning framework to guide vegetation protection and retention through all stages of planning and development.’

To implement real change in retaining the City’s valuable tree canopy, we need a new planning framework that considers trees as valuable assets and protects them.

We would love to hear more from you about the role of tree canopy in your daily life and its contributions or drawbacks in relation to your property, street and neighbourhood.

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Click below to participate

“Trees on Your Block” survey

Help us understand the community sentiment towards trees and the motivations and possible barriers you face regarding keeping trees on your property. Prizes to be won!

Join the photo competition

Submit a photo of your favourite tree and learn what an Urban Forest Tree is. Prizes to be won!

Help us map our urban tree canopy

Participate in citizen science by mapping trees in the City.

source https://swanengage.swan.wa.gov.au/

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