Tree planting efforts ramped up in Stirling


Mayor Giovanni Italiano with the City’s Tree Services field officer Brendan Hogan
Mayor Giovanni Italiano with the City’s Tree Services field officer Brendan Hogan

VOLUNTEERS are working with City of Stirling to plant trees as part of community tree-planting programs.

Stirling has ramped up efforts to plant trees in order to reach 18 per cent canopy cover by 2030 and the hit ‘million trees’ target, aiming to plant a combination of one million trees and other plants by 2025.

Mayor Giovanni Italiano said trees were a valuable asset to the City with six to seven thousand natives and exotics to be planted during the upcoming season.

“Once planted, the City will monitor and continue to water the street tree once a week over the hotter months for two years to ensure it establishes well,” he said.

“As it matures, they will reap the benefits including improved property values, reduced electricity costs, cooler ambient temperatures, shaded footpaths and a beautiful lush and attractive streetscape, improving the amenity of the area for all.

“The City’s street tree planting efforts will not only green our streets and provide habitat for wildlife, they will also increase the liveability of our suburbs.”

Cr Italiano encouraged residents to adopt a tree and take an active role in caring for verge and street trees.

Last month, City of Stirling councillors supported a “comprehensive tree protection policy” that would eventually mandate tree retention and see trees placed on a protection register.

The move comes after the City released data showing 290ha of tree canopy could be lost on private land if development continued at the current rate.