The City of Canning’s award-winning Urban Forest Strategy is an ambitious plan to increase the City’s urban canopy cover by 22.3% over the next 20 years.
The City of Canning has been assessed as having one of the lowest levels of tree canopy cover of Perth Metropolitan Councils. Our community has told us they want more trees and greater tree canopy cover. The goal of canopy increase will be achieved by planting over 60,000 new trees over the next 10 years, translating to an increase of 110 hectares in tree canopy cover City-wide. This will create a cooler, more liveable and sustainable future for Canning residents.
The City's first Urban Forest Park - Dumond Park is getting seriously shady!
We’re planting over 40 trees to provide a future canopy cover of 100%. Dumond will be the first park to reach this milestone, thanks to our Urban Forest Strategy. A key action of the strategy is the development of least two 100% canopy cover parks within each suburb. We will also deliver:
- New infrastructure such as a bird watering station, bee hotels and nesting boxes.
- New garden beds will be planted with low growing shrub species and tall trees to ensure clear sight lines into the park and maintain safety for park users.
- Crushed limestone paths that are proposed to meander around the garden beds and provide access into and around the park.
- Seating areas where visitors can sit, relax and (re) connect with nature.
The Dumond Park Upgrade is an initiative of the Bentley Parkscapes Program to deliver the development of six parks to compliment the Bentley 360 area.
Dumond Park is nestled between Hillview Park, Page Park and Stratford Park so the Dumond Park Upgrade will deliver amenities that complement the neighbouring parks and enhance the local area. For more information on the project, please come to an information session held at the park on 26 July at 3.30pm.
Free Tree Giveaway 2022
Thank you to all the Canning residents who attended the City's annual Free Tree Giveaway event held last Sunday 29 May at the old Bentley Library site. It was a great success with over 460 trees supplied to Canning residents to help green and shade their properties. It was a pleasure to meet so many enthusiastic people who are keen to be involved in supporting growing the City's Urban Forest to meet the goal of increasing tree canopy cover and helping to make Canning a Welcoming and Thriving City.
From all of us here at the City - Thank you!
Each year we create a short promotional video of the event to share with our community and help to promote and celebrate the great partnership we have formed with the Canning people. Please click on the tile below to view this years production.
Videos of previous years events can be found at the bottom of this page.
Request a Street Tree
The City is excited at the success of our new online Street Tree Request form. This means you can request a street tree anytime. Unfortunately we have had to close requests for this seasons planting which is about to commence. The good news is the City Greening Team is taking requests for the 2023 winter planting season now, so get your request in early to secure your new street tree. The form is live online and you can access the Request a Street Tree form by clicking this link. Keep an eye out for posts on the City's social media channels or quick links to the request page.
2022 Winter Planting Program - Bentley & St James
If you live in Bentley or St James, City Cooling is coming to a street near you! To help you understand why we're proposing to plant all these trees, we've included an Frequently Asked Questions page which can be accessed by clicking this link - FAQ's.
We've heard that you want to be consulted before we plant trees on the verge and we know you use your verge for all kinds of things - we don't want to stop that.
So we can better understand your situation, the Urban Forest Team have provided an opportunity for Bentley and St James residents to discuss street tree planting before we begin planting. Simply follow this link to our feedback page and have Your Say.
You can help our teams by working with them to find the location on your verge which will be the best place to plant a tree, so you can keep doing the things you love - in the shade. to leave some feedback so The suburbs of Bentley and St James are the focus for planting in 2022 with over 3000 planting locations already mapped. We have looked at all of the verges in these suburbs to find the ones which don't have a street tree and are planning on planting in these areas. To meet our target of tree canopy increase the City aims to have at least one street tree on every verge.
We try really hard to get all of our trees to grow, but sometimes they just don't make it. This is where you can help.
If you are lucky enough to have a tree planted on the verge in front of your home this winter, you can help the tree by giving it some extra water during summer. A bucket or two each week is all it takes and this can make a big difference.
Sadly not everyone loves trees as much as we do. If you see a tree which has been vandalised or you think just needs some attention, please get in contact with us and our Urban Forest Team will be glad to help. You can lodge a request by clicking the link below to the City's online service request portal - Request It.
Where are we going to plant all these trees?
The City is prioritising planting locations in suburbs based on thermal information which shows us where the hottest areas of our City are. The image below taken by Landsat 8 in 2016, shows the average surface temperatures in Canning. Patches shown in orange and red are much hotter than other areas which are shown as blue and green. The main reasons for this are low amounts of tree canopy cover and lack of shade. Areas with low tree canopy allow hard surfaces such as roads and footpaths to absorb heat from the sun during the day and radiate it back to the surrounding environment, making it even hotter. This is known as the Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE).
We've used this information to create a Suburb Prioritisation plan which tells us where to plant trees each year. Last year we helped cool Queens Park and East Cannington, this year City Cooling is moving into Bentley and St James.
What's all this talk about shade?
We've just ended our hottest Western Australian summer on record with 13 days recorded above 40 degrees C and a record number of days above 35 degrees C. Trees play an important part in providing shade, cooling our suburbs and generally making them more human friendly. The image below shows just how much difference trees can make to surface temperatures on a summer day.
We're aiming to create shady tree lined streets in our suburbs. Planting more street trees helps to cool our suburbs, making them more liveable and sustainable. A tree-lined street on a hot summer day can mean the difference between a comfortable walk or bike to work, and an unpleasant, sweat-soaked forced march. You can help make Canning an even better place to live by welcoming a new street tree and cooling our suburbs for future generations of Canning residents.
Urban Forest Strategy 2021 Achievements:
Last year the City planted over 5000 new trees in Parks and Streetscapes. In fact we planted almost 3000 trees just in East Cannington and Queens Park alone. The City is using a spatial mapping system to plan and record where we are planting trees. The image below shows where we planted trees in 2021.
Last year the our City Greening achievements included -
- Road reserve planting at Elkhorn St in East Cannington - over 5500 plants and trees planted
- Groundlark Park basin community planting - over 5000 trees and plants planted
- Receiving over 100 requests for new street trees
- Planting over 19,000 plants planted in Ecological and Greening Corridors throughout the City
For more detailed information, you can download a copy of the Urban Forest Strategy Reporting 2021 summary of the Urban Forest activities by clicking this link. Urban Forest Report.
Last year, City of Canning residents were invited to name a street tree and write them a unique welcome message. The City documented locations where trees have been planted so that you can go and visit your new friend now they have officially moved in. Did you name a Street Tree? Find out where your street tree is growing on our Welcome a Street Tree Map
The initiative is part of the City of Canning’s Urban Forest Strategy and revitalisation plan for Queens Park, with primary and secondary schools taking the opportunity to help tell the story of their suburbs by choosing names of significance that tie trees to the history of the place or even their own school.
Community Events 2022
We're planning a number of events this year to help support City greening and grow the Urban Forest. These events aim to inform residents, gain support for our work and provide opportunities to empower the community to help make a difference. New events will be listed here as they are confirmed. Please visit this page and watch our social media channels for updates and additional events.
National Tree Day
The City is celebrating National Tree Day. Date and location to be announced shortly.
Free Tree Giveaway - Sunday May 29 2022 Old Bentley Library site Manning Road, Wilson
Last year we gave away over 500 free trees to Canning residents to help green and cool their properties and this year we're doing it again! To promote City Cooling in Bentley and St James this year, the City is holding it's
Free Tree Giveaway at the old Bentley Library on Manning Road. The event starts at 8am and runs through to 11 am, so get in early to receive your free tree.
The City has selected a range of trees which will be on offer and would be right at home in most residential properties. Residents can select a tree from the range of 15 different trees which offer a variety of features. A list of the available trees can ve viewed and downloaded by clicking this link - Tree List
. There will also be displays on site as well as friendly Parks and City Greening staff who can assist with making the best selection to suit your back yard. While we have good numbers available for all trees, it is a case of first in, best dressed. So get in early to secure your choice of tree.
ICheck out some of our previous events by watching the short video clips below.