Rethinking the Urban Forest Conference Notes
Addison Road Community Centre,
24 May 2019
Useful presentations from Council Practitioners and Researchers about the imperative and challenges of Greening our cities and increasing our Tree Canopy.
Melbourne City Council
- Exceptional Tree Register
- Urban Forest Fund - strong governance Community Panel assesses recommendation - matching grants for greening private property-retro greening rather than new developments.
It has been found that Urban Trees are being removed too soon as they take longer to deteriorate than previously thought.
- cameras monitored tree
- kids involved in writing book
- created hollows in the tree
- birds nested in Possum Hollow
- possums did not visit dead tree
"Care for Country"
A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction was mentioned as a template for a manual about Urban Forest.
Oxford Street - 40% dedicated to 28% of commuters.
City of Sydney has 23.5% target for canopy and Inner West Council has 40%.
"Our tree maintenance team strives to ensure the health and longevity of the urban forest to secure ongoing amenity for the residents of North Sydney. The team inspects all street trees approximately every 18 months and carries out any necessary maintenance tasks as they are identified."..North Sydney Urban Tree Strategy.
Perception of trees does not reflect the actual risk
Climate Adapted People Shelter (CAPS).
"Western Sydney is hot and is set to get hotter as green fields make way for new housing developments; exacerbating what scientists call the urban heat island effect".... Turn Down the Heat
Risk to Trees from Heat, Air Quality, Violence
Trees in the LSPS - LEP
Green Walls for filtering pollutants from office spaces and possibly out doors as well.