Adopt your own tree to green your street

Francis Waters, Dave Hutchison, Elana Walsh-Negus and Jordan Negus (9) prepare a street tree for planting.
Francis Waters, Dave Hutchison, Elana Walsh-Negus and Jordan Negus (9) prepare a street tree for planting.

Mayor David Boothman said the City’s Adopt-A-Street-Tree program would help add colour, vibrancy and shade to streets, increasing their appeal and helping shape the character of suburbs.

‘Street trees are some of the City’s most valuable assets, with around 63,000 trees already greening our neighbourhood streets and a further 3000 planned to be planted during the winter planting season,’ he said.

With only a third of all verges across the City having a street tree, the City is hoping to encourage more neighbours and families to become street tree captains or planting volunteers in their community, as well as register their street for a community street tree-planting event.

Parks and reserves manager Ian Hunter said the program would give neighbours an opportunity to meet one another and build a sense of community at their own street tree planting event.

‘Once planted, residents, students, community groups and businesses would then play an active role in taking care of the tree they have adopted,’ Mr Hunter said.

‘As it matures, they will reap the benefits, including improved property values, reduced airconditioning running costs, shaded footpaths and a beautiful lush and attractive streetscape.’

The Adopt-a-Street-Tree program supports the Million Trees initiative where the City is aiming to plant a combination of one million trees, shrubs and groundcover by 2020.

Visit www.stirling. wa.gov.au/tree, email adopta streettree@stirling.wa.gov.au or call the City’s community tree officer on 9205 8555.