Branching out in Lockridge

The City’s urban forest is an essential asset in our community which provides cooling and shade, supports biodiversity, and contributes to mental and physical wellbeing, amongst many other factors. Protecting, maintaining and, ultimately, growing the City’s urban forest is an important goal for the City.

To address the urban canopy decline, the City’s Urban Forest Plan (2022) provides the vision for protecting and establishing the City’s urban forest through a series of strategies and actions.

Last year, we asked you about the role of tree canopy in your daily life and its contributions or drawbacks in relation to your property, street and neighbourhood. This has informed the preparation of a draft Tree Protection and Management Policy, which will be released for public comment later in 2024.

Enhancing engagement is an integral objective of the Urban Forest Plan and as such one of the Plan’s actions is to ‘Continually investigate and communicate innovative methods and technologies that assist and enhance community perceptions about the value of trees in the urban environment.’

To address the above action, we will be running a range of activities of various topics throughout May, June and July as part of the Branching Out in Lockridge program. These activities are designed to encourage positive perceptions regarding the value of trees and to encourage the retention and planting of more trees throughout our community.

Participation prize

All participants who attend four or more workshops and complete the pre and post program surveys, go into the draw to win a 1-hour garden consultation with Sabrina Hahn! The winner will be drawn following the completion of the survey period (July 2024).

Each attendee will receive a workshop passport where they’ll receive a stamp for each workshop they attend. This passport will need to be returned at the conclusion of your last workshop to be eligible for the prize draw.

Surveys

If you attended one or more of our workshops please complete our:

Pre- program survey

Post-program survey

Both these surveys helpus understand how the community values trees and how we can better support the community in retaining trees on their property.