Thursday, 11 May 2017

Urban Forest Strategy


Moreland City Council is currently seeking feedback from the community on the draft Urban Forest Strategy 2017-2027.

A series of Urban Forest Strategy Community Forums will be held across the municipality in association with local Neighbourhood Centres to seek feedback from the community on the draft Strategy:

  • 7.30-9pm Wednesday 10 May ROBINSON RESERVE NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE 104A Reynard St Coburg
  • 6.30-8pm Thursday 11 May GLENROY NEIGHBOURHOOD LEARNING CENTRE 5B Cromwell Street, Glenroy
  • 7.30-9pm Tuesday 16 May NEWLANDS COMMUNITY HOUSE 20 Murray Road, Coburg North
  • 7-8.30pm Thursday 18 May FAWKNER COMMUNITY HOUSE 95-97 Major Road, Fawkner
  • 6.30-8pm Tuesday 23 May BRUNSWICK NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE 43a De Carle St, Brunswick

The Urban Forest Strategy aims to deliver practical measures that guide the planning and protection of vegetation across Moreland.
The term 'urban forest' includes vegetation in both public and private spaces, such as home gardens, nature strips, street trees, balcony plants, rooftop gardens and green walls. It also includes public parks with trees, shrubs, grasslands and wetlands. 
In summary, the City of Moreland’s:
  • Overall vegetation canopy from the urban forest is 14%
  • Public land contributes 5% of total municipal urban forest cover, and
  • Private tree canopy has declined by 24% since 2005.
The Strategy aims to double the canopy coverage within public areas by 2030 from 5% to 10%, by planting larger canopy trees within streetscapes, parks and natural resource management areas. The strategy also aims to provide more protection for public and private trees through the creation of a significant tree register, encourages residents to plant more shade trees and to plant up their nature strip.
If you can’t make any of the community forums then have a look at our website for the strategy and other dates:
Community consultation runs until 29 May 2017.
Alex English.

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