The decline of the tree canopy in urban areas is of growing concern for our community and is mainly due to urban infill development and a general increase in the urbanisation of the Perth Metropolitan area.
Trees not only improve air quality and soften our streetscapes, but they are also an effective way of reducing the adverse impacts of climate change.
Trees provide shade and cool our suburbs by releasing water vapour. The shade provided not only reduces the need for air conditioning - subsequently reducing your power bills - but it also helps to increase the longevity of infrastructure such as buildings and roads. Parking your car under a tree also helps make driving around in summer a lot more bearable!
As part of our commitment to increase the City's tree canopy, the City of Bayswater has increased its budget and has planted more than 1,500 trees over the 2018 winter period. This is in addition to the 40,000 trees and shrubs planted per year in natural areas in association with the City's environmental groups, and the 7,000 plants provided to residents through the 'Plants to Residents' program at Environment House.