What is an ‘Urban Forest’?

Here in the City of Canning, the ‘Urban Forest’ refers to the area of land covered by vegetation within the City. It includes native and exotic species, trees and shrubs along streets, private property, verges, parks and bushland areas. It sustains a range of social, environmental and economic benefits that enrich the quality of urban life.

What is ‘Urban Canopy’?

Urban canopy refers to the trees which are equal to or higher than three metres in height. Collectively, these trees are referred to as the City’s Urban Canopy.

What is an Urban Forest Strategy?

The City’s Urban Forest Strategy is an overarching strategy that provides a vision for the City in terms of its Urban Forest and its intrinsic relationship with a sustainable City. The Strategy provides the framework for the monitoring, assessment and reporting of the City’s Urban Forest and in particular it’s Urban Canopy.

Why is the City undertaking this survey?

The City of Canning is looking to increase the quality and quantity of trees within our area, under our Urban Forest Strategy. This is happening in many councils in Australia and internationally in response to the world’s changing climate. Our weather will become hotter and drier, and by planting trees the City can make living in a hotter climate more comfortable; we also know of the benefits of trees for a healthy environment as well as our physical, mental and social health. The City is seeking your input to help shape this important strategy, so please take the opportunity to take this quick survey. You will also go into the draw to win a $200 garden gift pack.

Why is the City Developing an Urban Forest?

The City of Canning has one of the lowest levels of Canopy Cover within the Perth Metropolitan Area. The City’s Urban Forest extent, inclusive of the Canopy Cover, is intrinsic to sustainability; the strategy will set targets for Canopy Cover in the future and will provide the City with the capacity to continually asses trends within the City’s Urban Forest.