City of Joondalup to plant more trees under Leafy City Program

Peppermint tree on Selkirk Drive in Kinross.
Eucalyptus gomphocephala on Carridean Street in Heathridge.
City of Joondalup to plant more trees under Leafy City Program
Mature Royal Poinciana on Harness Street in Kingsley.
Peppermint tree on Selkirk Drive in Kinross. Eucalyptus gomphocephala on Carridean Street in Heathridge. Mature Royal Poinciana on Harness Street in Kingsley.

THE City of Joondalup will soon be planting more trees across its suburbs as part of the Leafy City Program.

The program aims to increase canopy cover to create cooler green spaces for residents and reduce the ‘urban heat island’ effect generated by artificial surfaces.

An independent arborist has advised the City on the location and species of the 800 to 900 new trees that will ensure the healthy development and longevity of a leafy canopy.

These include peppermint, eucalyptus, gum and Royal Poinciana trees.

“Street trees are an important natural asset which helps maintain liveable urban environments,” Mayor Troy Pickard said.

“There are benefits such as making streets look more aesthetically pleasing, positively impacting on suburban amenities and property values. They can calm traffic and provide safer walking conditions for pedestrians.

“There are also a wide range of environmental impacts, which include reducing ambient air temperature, cleaning air by absorbing polluting gases, reducing cooling energy consumption costs and saving water through reduced evaporation rates.”

Works will start in suburbs identified as ‘hot spots’, with Heathridge, Craigie and Beldon to start next month and Kinross, Currambine and Padbury in July.

Residents who will have a street tree planted on their verge will be informed four weeks before and the City will be responsible for maintaining the street trees.