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FREMANTLE URBAN FOREST GROWS

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, local government, nature, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on October 16, 2018

 

A media report by the City of Fremantle reports that more than 1800 trees have been planted over the past 12 months as part of the plan to create an urban forest in Fremantle.

In the last financial year a total of 714 trees were planted by the City of Fremantle on residential verges and in local parks, while another 92 were added as part of the landscaping component of City projects like pocket parks, car parks and walkways.

This follows the planting of 500 verge and park trees in the previous year, and is the result of the doubling of the City’s tree-planting budget from $60,000 to $120,000.

In addition, the City also planted 12,000 plants – including 1015 trees – in dunes, bushland and the river foreshore during nine community planting days and 21 volunteer planting days with conservation volunteers and local schools.

The City’s Urban Forest Plan forms part of the Greening Fremantle strategy 2020, which aims to progressively increase tree planting across the City to achieve at least 20 per cent canopy coverage. It stands at 13 per cent currently.

Samson had the highest tree planting numbers in 2017/18 due to the City’s targeted Greening Samson project. Mapping undertaken for the Urban Forest Plan identified Samson had some of the lowest canopy coverage in Fremantle, which meant Samson was on average two degrees hotter than nearby suburbs due to the urban heat island effect.

A total of 212 trees were planted in Samson alone, while another 299 were planted in Beaconsfield, Hilton and Fremantle, and 203 in South Fremantle, North Fremantle, White Gum Valley and O’Connor.

The species of trees planted included red flowering gums, bottlebrushes, jacarandas and tuart trees, with the varieties carefully chosen to best suit the local conditions and surroundings.

What the City of Fremantle did not mention in its media report is the number of trees that have been removed, due to new development, etc. so does anyone keep a record of that?

Roel Loopers

 

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GREENING SAMSON PRIORITY FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, local government, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on February 5, 2018

Recent media reports on the decline of tree canopy in the Perth metropolitan area are a real worry, so it is good that Fremantle is setting out on an increase of our urban forest.

The City of Fremantle is giving Samson residents the chance to choose the type of tree they would like planted on their verge.

The recently adopted Urban Forest Plan sets a target of increasing the number of trees in Fremantle from 13,000 to 23,000 by 2027, while the City’s 2017/18 budget provided additional funding to increase the number of trees planted this year from 500 to 900.

Mayor Brad Pettitt said the Greening Samson project was a high priority for the City’s tree planting program and that mapping had identified that Samson has some of the lowest canopy coverage in Fremantle.

The Mayor said that contributes to the urban heat island effect, which means that on average Samson is two degrees hotter than nearby suburbs, and one way to combat this effect is to provide more shade through increased canopy cover.

Samson residents will soon be receiving a letter advising them of the type of tree the City of Fremantle considers to be most suitable for their verge, but also giving the option of a different species.

The City will plant, water and maintain the tree at no cost to residents.

People wishing to choose the alternative species, or opt out of the program entirely, can do so by calling 9432 9999 or completing the online form.

All requests must be received by 21 February, with planting to begin this winter.

For more information on Greening Samson visit the Greening Samson page on the My Say Freo webs

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FREMANTLE NEEDS URBAN FOREST PLAN

Posted in fremantle by freoview on January 17, 2014

I hope the City of Fremantle will take note and implement something similar to Sydney‘s Urban Forest Strategy, and take heart of the published Greek proverb: A Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.

While Freo Mayor Brad Pettitt is on record saying that since he has been on council 1000 new trees per year have been planted, we are still losing too many old trees  through development. The former Kim Beazley School site in White Gum Valley for example will lose 100 mature trees to make way for the Landcorp development. The Mayor says it will be less, but it will still be very substantial.

What can’t be forgotten is that it takes many years for trees to mature and create an effective canopy, so while planting new trees now is good, we need to better preserve the ones we have already got. Let’s not forget old trees are part of our heritage and planted by people who cared for the future.

Sydney’s Urban Forest Strategy states that a thriving urban forest will create cleaner air, filters storm water, and lowers city temperatures, so we need to learn to look after them better and force developers to build around them if at all possible, no matter how inconvenient and more costly that might be. The attitude by State Government’s Landcorp to sell off land to private developers, who then clearfell  all that has grown on the land, is not acceptable and needs to stop. It is basically lazy development done to save costs, when more creative solutions can be found, and should be enforced by local governments.

As Theodore Roosevelt said ” To exist as a nation, to prosper as a state, and to live as people, we must have trees”

Roel Loopers

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