Planting trees for the future

THE City of Hobart has called out to the public to help reach the aspirational target of 40 per cent canopy cover by 2046 for urbanised areas as part of its Street Tree Strategy.

To achieve this goal, which is up 16 per cent from the current level, people are encouraged to choose where to plant new trees over the next five years.

Resident Douglas Armati, who was involved in a case study that contributed to the plan, said he wanted more trees planted in his neighbourhood at the border of West Hobart and the city.

“The aesthetic is important, the safety side of things is important, and the shades that trees provide is important – the connection with nature that trees provide is not available in any other way,” he said.

“Trees are a vital part of our way of processing pollution – it’s good to have trees everywhere you can in the city.”

Mr Armati said canopy coverage in urban areas was low despite residents feeling close to nature.

“People shouldn’t imagine it’s all going to be done quickly, it takes time, but hopefully this is the start of something really quite substantial and we can look back in 20 years and see a much greener city,” he said.

Hobart residents are invited to visit the City of Hobart’s Your Say website to nominate their preferred area for new trees to be planted.

Either submit a written suggestion or use an interactive map to indicate the preferred location.

Photo credit: City of Hobart.

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