The City of Melbourne today launched Australia’s first comprehensive guide to growing and maintaining tree populations in urban areas, How to Grow an Urban Forest. The 10-step guide to developing and maintaining urban tree populations is part of the Urban Forest Strategy which aims to increase tree canopy cover from 22 per cent to 40 per cent by 2040.
“We’re planting 3000 trees in Melbourne every year to increase the resilience of the urban forest and cool our city by four degrees Celsius. We’re proud to share our knowledge and help increase shade and greenery in towns and cities across Australia,” said Cr Arron Wood, Chair of the City of Melbourne’s Environment Portfolio.
A warming climate will create more hot and dry conditions for Melbourne and action now will help protect future residents from the urban heat island effect, where cities can be up to four degrees hotter than surrounding countryside. Other benefits of additional trees include increased habitat for birds and native animals, cleaner air and enhanced recreational opportunities for residents.