Urban Forest Strategy - Executive summary

The Urban Forest Strategy expands on the concept of City in a Park, which is focused on Geelong's CBD, to enhance the public and private tree population in all of the suburbs and townships across Greater Geelong. The sum of all these trees and associated vegetation is called the urban forest.

Vision

The City of Greater Geelong values the immense benefits of the City's urban tree population. Our trees provide shade and cool the city. They improve the look, feel and liveability of Geelong. They also have a strong positive influence on the health of our community. Geelong's trees are extraordinarily valuable assets that are worth investing in for the future.

The Urban Forest Strategy expands on the concept of City in a Park, which is focused on Geelong's CBD, to enhance the public and private tree population in all of the suburbs and townships across Greater Geelong. The sum of all these trees and associated vegetation is called the urban forest.

This strategy will achieve it's vision by adopting four simple objectives into the City's day to day operations:

image for greening the city To green the City
Increase tree planting and associated vegetation in appropriate and prioritised locations
image for cooling the city To cool the City
Increase canopy cover, increase use of smart water sensitive urban design and an increase in landscape permeability
image for engaging the community and building partnerships To engage the City's community and build regional partnerships
More community activities: tree planting, arts and culture activities, use of social media, working with partners to improve and enhance tree planting projects
image for demonstrating best practice with urban tree management 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.

The City will utilise smarter and targeted planning, innovative and integrated tree planting solutions and develop partnerships internally and externally to reach an ambitious target of improving Geelong's tree canopy cover from 14% to 25% over a thirty year period. The City has enormous potential to develop a healthier and more dynamic urban forest and improve canopy cover in our streetscapes, urban growth areas, open spaces and reserves. The prime opportunities are:

  • 45,000 existing vacant nature strips in our streets
  • Developing tree lined entrances to our city
  • Revegetation of the Greenway, the Ted Wilson Bike Trail alongside the Geelong Ring Road
  • Thousands of tree planting locations across Geelong's open space network
  • Improving the quality of streetscapes and open space in urban growth areas
  • Planting more indigenous trees in wetland reserves and conservation areas
  • Rejuvenating and renewing avenues and boulevards in heritage landscapes

By incorporating these opportunities into Council's planning framework, engaging our community to fully appreciate the City's trees and by continuing to utilise best practice urban tree management techniques we will ensure that Geelong will be a cool green city for the future.






Page last updated: Thursday, 25 October 2018

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