Sunday, 30 December 2012

Melbourne's Urban Forest

Melbourne's Urban Forest Strategy

Melbourne's inner city is greener than most, there is around 60,000 council-owned trees and many more privately owned leafy giants. They help make Melbourne what it is, the city so many love, and in fact one of the world's most liveable cities.These trees along with the countless varieties of plants and vegetation make up Melbourne's Urban Forest.

However, with the ever changing climate and recent drought this large tree stock is coming under threat. According to the 'City of Melbourne' [cite] we are expecting to lose 27 per cent of the current tree population in the next decade and 44 per cent in the next 20 years!

The City of Melbourne's Urban Forest Strategy has been established to 'manage this change and protect against future vulnerability by providing a robust strategic framework for the evolution and longevity of Melbourne's Urban forest.'

The strategy aims to:

  • Adapt our city to climate change
  • Mitigate the urban heat island effect
  • Create healthier ecosystems
  • Become a water-sensitive city
  • Engage and involving the community

 Achieved by

  • Increasing canopy from 22 per cent to 40 per cent by 2040
  • Increase forest diversity
  • Improving vegetation health 
  • Improve soil moisture
  • Improving biodiversity
  • Informing and consulting with the community

The Urban Forest Strategy pdf can be downloaded [Link] for further information.

Photos sourced from and respectively

I do support the City of Melbourne completely in their push to keep Melbourne green, healthy and looking beautiful. However, I wonder how much can really be done by them alone? By engaging the community and really encouraging private gardens on roofs, rooftops, balconies, walls and patios in the inner city so much more can be achieved in half the time! Incentives, competitions, grants, or/and polices could encourage people to green up their own place and that the same time help keep Melbourne the leafy place we love.At the moment I don't know of any real incentives to encourage/education Melbournians to get involved. Please share if you know of any.....

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