Protecting and expanding our Urban Forest

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At Kingston City Council, we know our community loves trees.

So if you want cool streets, shaded walkways, comfortable homes, clean air and habitat for biodiversity, we have to protect what we have and grow our urban forest.

We’re developing an urban forest strategy to guide us and would love to hear from you on what you love about Kingston’s urban forest and what you think needs to happen to protect and expand it in a way that benefits our whole community.

Current tree canopy cover

In 2018 the State government estimated canopy cover across Kingston (trees over 3m) as

At Kingston City Council, we know our community loves trees.

So if you want cool streets, shaded walkways, comfortable homes, clean air and habitat for biodiversity, we have to protect what we have and grow our urban forest.

We’re developing an urban forest strategy to guide us and would love to hear from you on what you love about Kingston’s urban forest and what you think needs to happen to protect and expand it in a way that benefits our whole community.

Current tree canopy cover

In 2018 the State government estimated canopy cover across Kingston (trees over 3m) as 9% on average. This is much lower than the rest of metropolitan Melbourne (15.4%) and neighbouring Councils of Bayside (16%), Frankston (17%) and Glen Eira (12.5%).

Across Kingston, suburbs with higher canopy cover include Braeside and Parkdale (14.9 and 11.7%) while Waterways and Moorabbin are much lower (5.9 and 6.5%[1]). State government data, from 2018 is provided below.

[1] Victorian Government Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. Cooling and Greening Melbourne Interactive Map 2018. Retrieved from: http://mapshare.maps.vic.gov.au/coolinggreening

Source: http://mapshare.maps.vic.gov.au/coolinggreening

Work to obtain an accurate, accessible, repeatable method of measuring tree canopy, vegetation cover and individual trees across the whole of Kingston (private and public land) is in progress.

Our approach

Despite the availability of some data, there is currently much we don’t know about the trees and vegetation that make up our urban forest and we lack an informed approach to strategic and operational decision making.

We’ve developed an approach that responds to current best practice and knowledge gaps:

Planting opportunities within our public open spaces must be maximised and a renewed focus on protecting and enhancing trees and vegetation on private land via our planning scheme is required. Incentivising tree and vegetation protection, and greater enforcement of greening requirements, may be involved.

Ultimately, to realise the benefits that urban forests provide, state and federal government support is required and the community needs to be aware of the benefits of a healthy urban forest. There must be a willingness to grow Kingston’s urban forest and protect living infrastructure.

Have your say

Please watch the short video below to find out more about the importance of our trees and vegetation and what Council is proposing to do to protect and enhance the urban forest in Kingston, and submit your feedback via the message board and survey buttons below. You can also 'pin a tree' to let us know where the best trees are in Kingston and where you would like to see more.

You can make further submissions by emailing info@kingston.vic.gov.au, mailing PO Box 1000, Mentone 3194 or phoning 1300 653 356.

Feedback closes Friday 8 April 2022.

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18 days

We know you love trees! But we want to know more. Tell us where the best trees are in Kingston and where you would like to see more?

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