More than 68,000 native plants and 1,300 trees will be planted across the City of Bayswater this winter as part of the biggest planting season yet.
This year, the City will focus on increasing the tree canopy in the Bayswater industrial area. Semi-advanced trees will be planted on verges to provide shade, create more attractive streetscapes and bring much-needed greenery to the area. This is in addition to regular tree planting which will occur in the City's parks and reserves.
The City will also partner with local environmental groups to plant 68,000 native shrubs and seedlings in natural areas including Lightning Park, Baigup Wetlands, Hillcrest Reserve, Bardon Park, Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary and the area surrounding Maylands Lakes.
City of Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull said the City would be stepping up its efforts again this year.
"As part of our commitment to greening the City, we're planting even more trees on public land this winter.
"Local governments across Perth are suffering from a metropolitan wide decline in tree canopy as a result of infill development.
"As a Council we feel strongly about this issue. Trees enhance the look and character of our neighbourhoods; provide much needed shade in summer and habitat for local wildlife.
"In addition to planting more trees on public land, we've tightened the rules around new developments in the City of Bayswater. We now have a policy that requires property owners to plant trees when they develop land."
Residents can help improve the City's tree canopy by requesting a free street tree for their verge. The City will plant the tree and look after all maintenance requirements for its lifetime.
"All we ask is that you give your new street tree a bit of water to help it through the summer months in its first couple of years", said Mayor Bull.