City of Bayswater plants 1000th street tree of the season

City of Bayswater plants 1000th street tree of the season

THE City of Bayswater planted its 1000th street tree for the season in an effort to increase the city’s tree canopy.

The 1000th tree was planted in Noranda last week, the last of the planting season.

Mayor Barry McKenna said declining tree canopies were an issue for all local governments.

“Councils across Perth are suffering from a metropolitan-wide decline in tree canopy as a result of infill development,” he said.

“Street trees enhance the look and character of our local streets, provide much needed shade in summer and habitat for local wildlife.”

Cr McKenna said the City doubled its planting budget from $200,000 to $400,000 for 2016-17.

A 2014 report found Bayswater had 13.2 per cent tree canopy.

The City has a policy called Vision 2020 which aimed to increase green space by 20 per cent by 2020.