City of Joondalup branches out with more trees

Trees already planted on the verge in Warburton  Avenue, Padbury.
Trees already planted on the verge in Warburton Avenue, Padbury.

THE City of Joondalup plans to deliver street verge trees to 1300 residences in Greenwood, Kingsley, Woodvale and Heathridge.

It is phase 3 and 4 of its Leafy City program, which was established in 2017 to increase canopy cover and provide cooler, more inviting green urban spaces.

More than 2300 trees have been planted so far, with some of the initial planting in Padbury, Craigie, Heathridge and Kinross.

The program has been used as a case study by the Heart Foundation that highlights an innovative project that promotes healthy environments and active communities.

Positive environmental effects include the reduction of ambient air temperature, cleaner air through the absorption of polluting gases, reduced cooling energy consumption costs and water savings through reduced evaporation rates.

The City will liaise with homeowners on preferred planting locations on verges.

Eddystone Avenue, Craigie.

Letters have been sent to households involved in the latest rollout and City officers will visit properties over the coming weeks.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said while the Leafy City program was already having a positive effect on the City’s streetscape, future generations would reap the benefits.

“Street trees are an important natural asset which help create and maintain liveable urban environments providing aesthetic, economic and social benefits. This exciting program will forever change the look and feel of our City for the better,” he said.

“Ultimately by increasing canopy cover throughout the City, it will create cooler, inviting green urban spaces that will improve the comfort of pedestrian movement and reduce the ‘urban heat island’ effect generated by existing hardstand surfaces.”

Anyone wanting to discuss the proposed tree location at their property can call the City’s Infrastructure Services customer relations team on 9400 4255 before April 19.

LEAFY CITY AT A GLANCE

Trees for the Leafy City Program are sourced from local plant nurseries in Perth.
Tree species are a combination of native and exotic.
Trees are planted, maintained and watered by a contractor procured by the City.

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