Trees and other vegetation regulate the local climate by shading streets, parks and buildings. Increasing the Shire’s tree canopy will therefore help to reduce the effects of climate change on the health of the community.

What Can I Do?

Planting the right tree or shrub in the right place at your property can benefit you and the environment. For example, trees and shrubs can shade your home and keep it cool in summer, provide noise and sight screens in busy areas, attract birds and even increase the value of your property. Find out how you can increase canopy cover on your property by planting suitable trees and other vegetation.

You can also get in touch with your local council to suitable trees in your front verge. Check out Reverge, the community verge gardens Facebook page, for some great tips and support to help develop your own thriving verge garden.

While the pros far out-weigh the cons with increased canopy cover, remember trees will also buckle paving, shed leaves and drop the odd branch. Check out the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes website for an abundance of information and resources for urban (and suburban) greening.

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