Future urban forest

“Council will aim for 25% canopy cover for urban Geelong within 30 years.”

Visions for Geelong

This Strategy will help us shape the future landscape character of Geelong, focussing primarily on the soft green landscapes and their contribution to Geelong’s identity.

The future landscape should be uniquely Geelong and add to the existing character of a City with a rich heritage, a diverse community and an abundance of natural beauty.

Geelong’s urban forest should also provide green spaces for people to rest, work and play in and encourage a sense of place, a place that people like to spend time in.

Further to this, our urban forest should be quietly working to adapt our City to changing climates, providing much needed shade, interception of rainfall, opportunities for stormwater to soak back into the ground, habitat and food to encourage biodiversity and greater biomass for storing and sequestering carbon and other greenhouse gases. To achieve this we will aim for 25% canopy cover for urban Geelong within 30 years.

Four key objectives will guide our daily decision making processes and provide the framework for an action plan to make sure we will reach our target and realise our vision.

1 To green the City
Increase tree planting and associated vegetation in appropriate and prioritised locations
2 To cool the City
Increase canopy cover, increase use of smart water sensitive urban design and an increase in landscape permeability
3 To engage the City's community and build regional partnerships
Increase canopy cover, increase use of smart water sensitive urban design and an increase in landscape permeability
4 To demonstrate best practice urban tree management
Develop a complete set of technical guidelines for urban tree management and offer training and upskilling where needed




Page last updated: Thursday, 18 July 2019

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