Glen Eira’s urban forest is not only our street and park trees, but all the trees and plants across our public and private land. Collectively this forest provides a range of irreplaceable benefits including cooling during heatwaves; cleaner air and water; habitat for birds and wildlife; enhancing the look and feel of our city and our overall wellbeing.
Regrettably our tree canopy cover on private land is declining, with thousands of trees being lost each year. It requires a joint effort from all of us, across public and private land, to ensure we have a healthy, biodiverse urban forest. To protect trees and increase greening on private land, we’re advocating to the state government for stronger planning controls for new developments. We’re also developing a local law to protect private trees.
Here’s how you can take action to enhance Glen Eira’s urban forest:
- join in our Community Planting Week activities
- download our Guide to Indigenous plants of Glen Eira. You can order hard copies of the guide by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- sign up for our Sustainability and Gardening News to hear about free gardening workshops, community planting days and plant giveaways
- find local sustainability and gardening events
- buy affordable Indigenous plants from not-for-profit nurseries in our region: Bayside community nursery and Bili nursery
- nominate a tree to be included in our Classified Tree Register
- if your street is lacking street trees, nominate your street for additional trees by emailing email@example.com
- learn more through Glen Eira’s Urban Forest Strategy