A LINE of rose gum trees were planted along Garratt Road yesterday, marking the start of the City of Bayswater’s winter planting season.
Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull and Deputy Mayor Chris Cornish joined the City’s arborist Mark Short and staffers in planting the trees, also known as smooth-barked apple trees, across from Frank Drago Reserve and Bayswater Tennis Club.
There will be more than 50,000 native seedlings and 1500 trees planted across Bayswater this season.
Cr Bull said the trees would help address the decrease in tree canopy coverage.
“Trees not only add to the visual appeal of our streets and neighbourhoods, they help reduce pollution, provide habitat for wildlife, lower temperatures, slow traffic, and have even been known to increase the value of houses,” he said.
“Leafier streets encourage people to get outdoors more often, creating the kind of neighbourhoods people enjoy spending time in.”
Residents interested in having a street tree on their verge can submit a request at www.bayswater.wa.gov.au/trees.