(8/9/2017) Growing an urban forest in Freo
The City of Fremantle is making steady progress towards its goal of enlarging the urban forest in Freo.
So far this year 500 trees have been planted in streets and parks and 1000 in bushland reserves across the city. This in addition to the 20 000 plants and shrubs planted across City of Fremantle parks and reserves.
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said planting more trees not only made our streets and parks more attractive, it also helped to improve air and water quality.
“Trees also help make our city and suburbs cooler by creating shade and reducing the urban heat island effect,” Mayor Pettitt said.
“Properly placed trees around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 per cent.”
The City’s urban forest plan forms part of its Greening Fremantle: Strategy 2020.
The strategy aims to progressively increase tree planting across the City to achieve at least 20 per cent canopy coverage.
To achieve this, the City has an ongoing tree planting and revegetation program and is integrating new trees into road and path upgrades where possible.
The City also has a verge beautification program to encourage residents to develop native verge gardens and holds regular community planting days to plant at least 1000 trees every year.
This year there were community planting days in Booyeemburra Park, Bathers Beach and Hollis Park in South Fremantle. The next community planting days will be held in winter 2018.