More trees for ‘garden city’

Cr Chris Cornish (second from left) with Bayswater Urban Tree Network members Sally Palmer, Rodney Lloyd and Greg Smith. Picture: Matt Jelonek           d441698
Cr Chris Cornish (second from left) with Bayswater Urban Tree Network members Sally Palmer, Rodney Lloyd and Greg Smith. Picture: Matt Jelonek         d441698

After forming in response to the City cutting down seven mature trees at Halliday Park last year, the network�s campaign has helped push change within the local government.

The felling of the trees followed Councillor Chris Cornish�s motion, which was supported unanimously in Sep- tember, to increase the City�s tree canopy to 20 per cent by 2025.

Cr Cornish said attitudes had now changed, policies were changing and City streetscapes were improving with the greening of Bayswater starting.

�Over the past four years of my term as councillor, I have observed that the officers� recommendations were pretty consistent � they opposed the cutting down of trees,� he said.

�Over the past year, this seems to now be the view of the council as well.�

Cr Cornish said the City had recently planted trees throughout the area, including on Guildford Road, Crimea Street and Broun Avenue.

Cr Cornish said there had been a dramatic decrease in planning approvals for people wanting to cut down verge trees.

�What was previously almost a fait accompli and occurred multiple times every month is now not happening,� he said.

�Countless trees are now being kept when they would otherwise have been destroyed.

�Also, in order to placate those annoyed over the Halliday Park tree removals (which were subject to an arborist�s report deeming them unsafe), it was suggested that two trees were planted for every one removed. This seems to have now become standard operating procedure.

�For a variety of reasons, trees sometimes need to be destroyed. Now, when they are they are generally being replaced on a two-for-one basis.�

Cr Cornish said there was a �tremendous� amount of work still to be done, including a review of pruning policies and a need for a significant tree register.