Our community values the leafy, green nature of Bayside. Trees provide shade and beauty in our parks, streets, and gardens but they are under threat from extreme heat, drought, ageing of tree stock, and population growth in the municipality.

We’re preparing an Urban Forest Strategy to guide how we protect, manage, and grow tree canopy cover across Bayside now and for future generations.

The Urban Forest Strategy will identify actions Council can take to improve how we monitor, increase, and retain tree canopy cover and enhance species diversity. It is also a key part of delivering urgent, meaningful action on climate change, as set out in the Climate Emergency Action Plan 2020 – 2025.

The urban forest is made up of all the trees, shrubs, and other vegetation which grows on public and private land across Bayside. This includes vegetation in our streets, parks, reserves, private gardens, along waterways, main roads, wetlands, along railways, community gardens, green walls, balconies, and roofs.

The urban heat island effect is a phenomena where cities or urban areas are significantly warmer than the surrounding area. This is because the concrete, steel, and glass we use to build our homes, footpaths, roads, and cities absorb and trap heat. This creates an ‘island’ where the average temperature is higher than the surrounds. Trees combat this heating effect by providing shade and releasing water vapour which cools the air.

Talk to us about trees

Help us to define the actions we should take to reach the goals of the Urban Forest Strategy.

We are seeking participants for two focus group sessions: one for individual members of the Bayside community and another for local community organisations. It is important for the success of the Strategy that we capture a diverse range of perspectives on trees.

Expressions of interest closed on 23 May 2021. Focus groups were held on 3 and 5 June 2021.

Following focus group sessions, Council will be seeking broader community feedback on the Draft Urban Forest Strategy. This is expected to occur in late July 2021.

Individual residents

Expressions of interest closed on 23 May 2021. Focus group was held on 3 June 2021.

Community organisations

Expressions of interest closed on 23 May 2021. Focus group was held on 5 June 2021.

Benefits of trees