Help spread the word about free Street Trees

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Well, they’re not really free because, as with most things the City of Bayswater does, it is paid for from our rates. That said, people don’t have to pay any more if they want a street tree.
But do they know this? Possibly not – and your help is needed to change this.

I made a facebook post about how I am going to letterbox the City of Bayswater’s ‘street tree request form’ to my neighbours who don’t yet have a street tree. Since then a few people have made contact saying they too would like to do the same.

After liaising with Cr Dan Bull, we have decided to attempt, and co-ordinate, a mass letterbox delivery of the form. I have just printed off 1,000 forms, Dan will print the next 1,000 and we will print as many more as is required.

If you would like to actively participate in making the City of Bayswater a cooler, greener and more liveable City, please make contact so we can provide some printed forms (or you can print your own for your street) and record where you will deliver them.

chris.cornish@avantfinancial.com.au or dan.bull@bayswater.wa.gov.au

The benefits of trees are widely known so let’s try and get more forms filled out than ever before.

Power to the People.

(Please be aware that these views are my own and have not been endorsed by the City of Bayswater)

12 thoughts on “Help spread the word about free Street Trees

  1. Great initiative, well done. Street trees planted where folks WANT them to be planted have a greater chance of success – engaging the community in the process is what makes it work in the long run.

  2. More trees = more shade = more walking. More walking = healthier community, safer community, connected community, less traffic. Bring it on.

  3. Sounds GREAT Chris, I’m hoping my area might end up like Mt Lawley one day 🙂
    Do you know what trees are available? I’m super keen. Thanks for your work helping to green Bayswater in the past as well. cheers, Cam

      1. Hi Chris, I’ll try and get out street done, seriously though I’d like to encourage the whole street to plant something edible…& there are few options. Lemons are a great choice – fruit fly resistant & everyone uses them 😉

  4. Not just Bayswater, every available space should have a tree planted, not just to redress the felling of trees in Western Australia by the former generations but to help redress the general worldwide clearing of forests. The new housing developments in Perth are an outrage, absolutely no space to plant a tree. So hot, up goes the use of airconditioning. The developers ought to be taken to task over the lack of vegetationon these new suburbs.

    1. I absolutely agree ! It’s time to come up for air and deal with this crisis, ‘head-on’, no ‘if’s or but’s’. ‘Head in sand’ is for sand gropers, insect variety.

  5. Great idea councillor. Contact me and I’ll do a letter drop for you. Useful trees would be good like lemon lime orange that everyone in the neighbourhood can benefit from.

  6. Great initiative Dan and Chris. I have letterboxed a few streets round where I live – the railway line end of Lawrence St, Bayswater…..and boy, am I noticing the huge gaps in verge trees (phew – hot and unshaded).
    I am also noticing the huge numbers of trees which have been radically, and worse, unnecessarily pruned – i.e. where there are NO power lines overhead.
    I have a few basic suggestions:
    1) Tree pruning contractors should be told not to prune trees which do not have power lines overhead. These trees should be left to grow so their canopy can reach its full potential;
    2) The tree species provided by the CoB should be revised so that there is a whole range of tree species to suit each particular space/situation;
    3) The CoB should prioritise street planting on those roads which could or should be used most frequently by pedestrians/commuters – i.e. to walk to the town centre, train station and bus stops (Coode, King William and Guildford Rd in Bayswater). Without proper shade on these routes, there will never be maximum pedestrian activity in our City;
    4) At the moment, residents can choose to NOT have a verge tree and, if they do request a tree for their verge, they are expected to water it for the first three years. I think that there are some streets where the decision NOT to have a tree should be taken away from the resident, for the greater good of providing shade etc. It might be more realistic for the City to consider watering new street trees for those residents who refuse to do so – particularly those which are located on main pedestrian thoroughfares (see above).
    5) The City should consider allocating an officer or two, whose sole job it is to overseer this project. For a start, the officer/s could provide advice to residents about the selection of trees on offer which would be most suitable for their particular verge situation (low power lines, or no power lines, space for two trees etc). The officer could even go out to meet the resident and have a look! Not just speak to them on the phone and tell them to fill out a request form.
    Don’t get me wrong, it is truly wonderful that the City seems to be heading towards greening our streets and neighbourhoods with trees. But let’s make sure we get it right. Lets plant the right tree for the right situation – for maximum shade and optimal tree health!! Lets plan now, so that in years to come we can walk along shaded streets – everywhere.

    1. Great comments Tessa, might I add that tree selection for greater support of biodiversity should also be integral to the overall cityscape. Monocultures of exotics may look good, but may offer little to support biodiversity. Monocultures are also more susceptible to disease etc. I am over the ubiquitous Plain Tree and would love to see a much wider selection of species that provide flower/seed and habitat all through the year. Strategic placement of habitat trees across the city allow birds to migrate across the landscape, provide better pest (insect) control and allow for greater genetic flow resulting in healthier bird communities.
      Great initiative Chris.

    2. I fully agree with a mass planting on verges, i.e. a tree on EVERY verge … setting a target (date). The public needs to be educated on the urgency of increasing tree canopy … greening and cooling. City of Stirling have a full-time community officer who deals with such a task. They have produced a collection of initiatives/flyers to inform their ratepayers/residents of the importance of increasing tree canopy cover in the City of Stirling. There is no copyright ! I would suggest a leaflet is included in the next rate notices. This would be a cost effective way of getting the information to the public. Council should move this and enact, ASAP.
      FIRST AND FOREMOST! City of Bayswater Parks and Gardens (Dir Technical Services) need to change their current ‘attitude’ relating to ‘usual practices’ pruning and planting. Without a massive change in ‘attitude’ a new approach will be doomed. Council should agree on a CONSENSUS on this urgent green issue and enact direction to achieve such changes.
      FYI: * Current estimate given by Dir Technical Services relating to verge trees pruned annually that have NO overhead powerlines or service lines is $130,000 pa. *Annual verge tree pruning is around $800,000pa which is half of Parks and Gardens annual budget of $1.6m. * Verge tree annual pruning is outsourced @$60 per tree. *Total tree stock around 30,000.

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