Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said that the City was overwhelmed by the community support and proud to be supporting this initiative and reaffirming its commitment, through the Urban Forest Plan, to increase Perth’s tree canopy to 30 per cent by 2050.

“Trees are incredibly important in the City. Not only do they provide an important habitat for wildlife, they help cool the City, improve people’s sense of well-being and create a better environment for all.

“Of course, it’s not just the number of trees we plant but how they grow and contribute to the canopy over time. We’re committed to growing our urban forest with a variety of trees that will be enjoyed for generations to come,” Mr Zempilas said.

Today’s efforts follow on the City of Perth’s inaugural Tree Month which was held across the month of May and planting 317 trees. The month-long program focused on the revegetation of key areas within the City, while creating opportunities to bring residents and community groups together to share awareness of the value of trees and a sustainable greener future.  

“Planting days like today are such an important part of our community – connecting City residents, businesses and staff to a greater purpose. For years to come, everyone will walk through the City knowing they contributed to the beautiful trees around them,” Mr Zempilas said.

The City of Perth’s Urban Forest Plan is a 30-year strategic action plan, designed to promote the long-term benefits of tree canopy cover. The plan details how the City will contribute to increasing tree canopy from 19 per cent to 30 per cent over the next three decades. 

More than 1,000 trees will be planted by the City in 2023. This includes more than 200 on Roe Street, 108 on Winthrop Avenue and 255 on National Tree Day. 

Issued by: Grace Carr | media@cityofperth.wa.gov.au 

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