Maylands: City of Bayswater plants street trees on empty verges

The new street trees outside Coles in Maylands. Photo: Councillor Elli Petersen-Pik
The new street trees outside Coles in Maylands. Photo: Councillor Elli Petersen-Pik

EMPTY verges along Guildford Road in Maylands have been revamped through the planting of 14 street trees this week.

The City of Bayswater planted trees around the Coles store on Caledonian Avenue and Guildford Road and outside restaurants opposite the store including Wing Bo Chinese Restaurant on August 20.

Councillor Elli Petersen-Pik, who has pushed for improvements in the “neglected” area around Coles, said the tree planting would beautify the area which had the only major supermarket in Maylands.

Mayor Dan Bull said the trees introduced some “much-needed” greenery to the busy retail area.

“Not only do these trees look great, but as they grow the shade they provide will help lower temperatures and improve walkability,” he said.

“We’re planting more trees throughout the City this year as part of our biggest winter planting program yet.

“It’s all part of council’s commitment to greening our City and increasing our urban canopy coverage.”

Bayswater resident and Bayswater Urban Tree Network member Branka Radanovich said she had been disturbed by the intensity of heat and no shade in Falkirk Avenue, an area next to Coles where there were no trees, during summer months.

“I know that shade in this busy area would benefit greatly for pedestrians and in traffic calming and shadowing on a road, (which) has a recognised slowing effect on traffic,” she said.

“There just needs to be a push to increase shade in existing private complex car parks, as they are mostly black bitumen and huge heat sink areas.”