Draft Urban Forest Strategy

We are currently seeking feedback on a draft Urban Forest Strategy.

The Urban Forest Strategy outlines our vision to create a resilient and sustainable urban forest that supports our liveable city and contributes to the well-being of the community in a changing climate. An urban forest comprises all trees and other vegetation within the municipality and the soil and water that supports it.

You can view the draft Strategy and related documents .

You can provide feedback the following ways:

Your feedback will help inform the further development and final version of the Urban Forest Strategy.

If you have any questions regarding the draft Urban Forest Strategy please contact our Parks Team on 03 9524 3333 or email UrbanForest@gleneira.vic.gov.au

Consultation closes on 27 September.

Information session

We will be hosting a ZOOM online information session on 16 September at 5pm.

Register for this session by clicking on this link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0lc--tqzgpH9001sk7IaXSsnZ76m25YoqD  

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

FAQs

What will Council do with the feedback from this consultation?

All feedback collected will be collated and we will consider all submissions when shaping the final document. Any personal information will be removed from any reporting. 

What is an 'Urban Forest'?

Urban forest is a population of trees and vegetation growing within an urban setting for the purpose of improving the liveability of that urban setting whilst providing social, economic and environmental benefits to the community as a whole.

Why do we need an Urban Forest Strategy?

We acknowledge the value of its urban forest in contributing to community health and well-being, environmental sustainability, liveability and urban character.

Our increasingly urbanised landscape leaves very little room for large canopy trees to grow.

The Urban Forest Strategy sets the framework for us to achieve a turnaround in its current trajectory of canopy loss to where positive canopy values are recorded on private and public land.

The Urban Forest Strategy will align, interact and influence with a range of Council strategy, policy and function, not limited to:

  • Council’s Classified Tree Register, Street Tree Vandalism, and Tree Protection
  • Classified Tree Local Law (proposed Local Law)
  • Infrastructure renewals
  • Park and open space maintenance and development
  • Strategic planning
  • Public realm projects.

There a lots of trees, why do we need more?

Glen Eira houses around 50,000 street and 11,000 park tree and as of 2018 Glen Eira has a tree canopy cover of 12.52 per cent.

Sadly tree canopy cover has reduced by 50% since 2002. 

The Urban Forest Strategy sets the framework for us to achieve a turnaround in its current trajectory of canopy loss to where positive canopy values are recorded on private and public land.

The trees and associated vegetation across Glen Eira provide a myriad of environmental, economic, social and health benefits. These benefits contribute directly to community health, sustainability, climate change, active transport and urban design outcomes making the urban forest an effective and efficient tool for making our City a better place to live and work.

Where can I view the draft Urban Forest Strategy?

The draft Urban Forest Strategy is available to view electronically below.

Glen Eira Draft Urban Forest Strategy

When will the final version be released?

All feedback will be considered in the further development of the Strategy. This will be presented to Council for adopted in late 2020. 

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