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.

This will be achieved by planting 61,215 trees over the next 10 years, translating to an increase of 110 hectares in canopy cover City-wide. 

In support of the City’s Urban Forest Strategy, the City has planned a number of activities and workshops for the 2021 calendar year to empower the community, increase the City’s urban forest and implement the strategy. 

Our approach for 2021 

East Cannington and Queens Park tree planting

Our approach for this year is to target tree planting efforts it in the high heat, low canopy suburbs of East Cannington and Queens Park. and we're planning to plant 2,500 to 3,000 trees in these areas alone.

Tree planting for black-cockatoo food

Since the inception of the Urban Forest Strategy, we have planted the following trees throughout the City, which provide valuable sources of food for our local Carnaby's and Forest red-tailed black-cockatoos: 

2019-2020: Total of 108 food trees planted

  • Almond trees: 2 trees
  • Coastal blackbutt/Prickly bark (Eucalyptus todtiiana): 26 trees
  • Pin-cushion hakea (Hakea laurina): 40 trees
  • Bull Banksia (Banksia grandis) : 20 trees
  • Swamp Banksia (Banksia litoralis): 20 trees

2020-2021: Total of 691 food trees planted

  • Almond trees: 95
  • Coastal blackbutt/Prickly bark (Eucalyptus todtiiana): 26 trees
  • Pin-cushion hakea (Hakea laurina): 20 trees
  • Acorn Banksia (Banksia prionotes): 40 trees
  • Bull Banksia (Banksia grandis): 45 trees
  • Swamp Banksia (Banksia litoralis):  40 trees
  • Coastal blackbutt/Prickly bark (Eucalyptus todtiana): 152 trees
  • Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata): 44 trees
  • Tuart (Eucalyptus gomphocephla): 165 trees
The City is also planning to grow a further 100 almonds,100 macadamias, and trial around 100 pecan trees for the 2022 planting season.

This planting effort is complementary the work of the Conservation and Environment team under the City's Local Biodiversity Strategy, which will be planting more than 5300 black-cockatoo food trees across Canning conservation areas and primary schools, in particular various species of banksia and hakea. To learn more about the City's efforts to provide food, homes and water for these birds, and how you can attract and care for them on your private property, please visit this link

Our Park, Our Place project

Following on from its launch last year, the City of Canning will once again be working with the Behaviour Change Collaborative and Greening Australia to implement the ‘Our Park, Our Place’ project, with a vision to empower local residents to become champions to reduce the Urban Heat Island effect in their neighbourhoods through tree planting. 

The City has chosen Groundlark Park in East Cannington as its site for this project. East Cannington is one of the City’s areas of lowest urban canopy. 

East Cannington is one of the hottest suburbs in Canning and is expected to undergo significant infill development over the next 20 years, resulting in tree canopy loss. 

Groundlark Park currently has less than 10% tree canopy, which makes it a high priority for planting trees and vegetation.
Greening of Groundlark Park will enhance biodiversity and allow greater movement of wildlife between natural areas. Part of the park functions as a drainage basin, so planting more trees will also improve water quality.

The program of activities for this project will include four community workshops and two community tree planting days, commencing in April, and concluding in October 2021. To learn more about this project, and for the dates of these events, residents can visit:

Community Events 2021

These activities aim to address the key actions of the Urban Forest Strategy, helping the City to meet its objectives of a greener, sustainable, and more connected City. 

Urban Forest Pop up at Queens Park Reserve on 26 May
  • Between May-July, 3000 street trees will be moving into Queens Park and East Cannington as part of the rollout of the Urban Forest Strategy.
  • The community was invited to make these street trees feel welcome by giving them a name and writing them a message.
  • More pop-up forests are planned for the future, click here to read more
Free Tree Giveaway Day Sunday, 13 June 2021
  • The City will also hosted its Free Tree Giveaway Day on Sunday, 13 June this year, giving away around 600 young trees to residents for them to plant and nurture on their private properties.
  • Our Free Tree Menu provided a full list of the species to choose from.
  • The video of the event can be viewed via this link

Community Tree Planting Sunday 18 July from 9am to 1pm

The community was invited to attend the City’s neighbourhood planting event at Mary Mackillop and Russell Parks on Sunday 18 July from 9am to 1pm to celebrate National Tree day, which is on 1 August. A jumping castle, sand sculpture and giant sandpit was available at Mary MacKillop Park for the family to enjoy as part of the "What Gibbs?" activation project.


Urban Forest Strategy 2020 Achievements:

In 2020, the City received more than 200 verge tree planting requests, representing an increase of 160% on the previous year. 

Other planting initiatives included:

  • Urban Forest Street Tree Planting: 1595 trees planted
  • City Administration Centre verge: 30 trees planted
  • Ranford Road verge planting: 400 trees planted
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