Greenery and shade returns to resident’s verge

L-R: Bronwynne Jones of Maylands and Mark Short (Consulting Arborist, City of Bayswater). Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au   d495271
L-R: Bronwynne Jones of Maylands and Mark Short (Consulting Arborist, City of Bayswater). Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d495271

A MAYLANDS resident’s verge has regained greenery and shade thanks to the City of Bayswater.

Bronwynne Jones previously had a Jacaranda tree on her paved verge but it was cut down by a tree removalist because it was not healthy and located under powerlines.

She recently completed a one-page online form to request for a tree as part of the City’s free street trees program.

The City’s consulting aborist Mark Short his staffers came to her home to plant a Chinese pistachio tree on August 21.

It will be maintained by the City over its lifetime.

She said it was great to have another tree on her verge.

“I don’t have a driveway,” she said.

“We paved our verge so we could park our two cars next to each other.

“Basically shade was what we wanted and we missed that from our Jacaranda hence why I requested the Chinese pistachio.

“It adds a bit of greenery and autumn colour.”

L-R: Bronwynne Jones of Maylands and Mark Short (Consulting Arborist, City of Bayswater). Picture: David Baylis

She noticed other neighbours also had free trees planted on their verges.

She said the program was straightforward and provided good communication for residents.

Previously, residents had to visit the civic centre and complete a request form.

Mayor Dan Bull said the City wanted to improve its tree canopy of 13.2 per cent.

“Trees protect homes from wind during winter and have a cooling effect during summer, helping make both your home and street more comfortable as well as reducing reliance on air conditioning and heating,” he said.

“They create biodiversity corridors allowing birds and other important species to move freely through our suburbs, improve oxygen quality, remove pollution from the air and can even add value to your home.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for our residents to help us create greener suburbs.”

For information, visit the City’s website.

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