Leafy City program blossoms

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The City will soon roll out phase three and four of its Leafy City program, which will deliver street verge trees to 1,300 households in certain areas across Greenwood, Kingsley, Woodvale and Heathridge.

The Leafy City program was established in 2017 to increase canopy cover across the City’s streetscapes and provide cooler, inviting green urban spaces for residents.

More than 2,300 trees have been planted so far.

Some of the initial planting undertaken in Padbury, Craigie, Heathridge and Kinross is already beginning to transform local streets as this picture taken along Eddystone Avenue shows.

The program has been well received and supported by the local community and has been used by as a case study by the Heart Foundation that highlights an innovative project that promotes healthy environments and active communities.

Positive environmental impacts associated with the Leafy City program include the reduction of ambient air temperature, cleaner air through the absorption of polluting gases, reduced cooling energy consumption costs and water savings through reduced evaporation rates.

The City will liaise with homeowners on preferred planting locations on street verges and take into consideration factors such as underground service infrastructure, traffic sightlines, tree offsets to the footpath/property boundary/kerb, pedestrian thoroughfare and the overall alignment of trees in the street.

Letters have been sent out to all households taking part in the phase three and four roll out. City Officers will be visiting properties over the coming weeks to assess and mark proposed tree planting locations.

In circumstances where the proposed tree location is a paved or hardstand area, the City will need to remove a 2m x 2m area to for planting purposes. Some pruning of shrubs and groundcovers may also be required to accommodate an area for planting.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said while the Leafy City program was already having a positive impact on the City’s streetscape, it would be future generations of Joondalup residents that would truly reap the benefits.

“Street trees are an important natural asset which help create and maintain liveable urban environments providing aesthetic, economic and social benefits. This exciting program will forever change the look and feel of our City for the better,” he said.

“Ultimately by increasing canopy cover throughout the City, it will create cooler, inviting green urban spaces that will improve the comfort of pedestrian movement and reduce the ‘urban heat island’ effect generated by existing hardstand surfaces.”