Community engagement on the draft precinct plans has concluded. Project updates are provided below.

To implement the Urban Forest Strategy, we are developing ten local Precinct Plans to guide specific planting in local neighbourhoods over the next 10 years. Seven precinct plans have been completed so far.

Since March, we have worked with the community to develop the remaining Urban Forest Precinct Plans: Parkville, Southbank and Fishermans Bend.

Over 440 community members have had input into the design of the draft precinct plans at workshops and on Participate Melbourne. We have used this input to develop draft plans.

To receive updates on urban forest projects and events email urbanforest@melbourne.vic.gov.au.

Updates

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the draft Parkville, Southbank and Fishermans Bend precinct plans. We are currently reviewing feedback to inform the development of the final plans. The final precinct plans will be published in December 2015.

August 6, 2015


Since March this year, over 440 community members have helped us to develop draft precinct plans for Parkville, Southbank and Fishermans Bend.

These plans are now available for further community feedback. You can review these documents and provide comments through Participate Melbourne until 31 July 2015.

July 13, 2015


A summary report on the Fishermans Bend urban forest community engagement process is now available. Read the report:

June 5, 2015


A summary report on the Southbank urban forest community engagement process is now available. Read the report:

May 28, 2015


A summary report on the Parkville urban forest community engagement process is now available. Read the report:

May 12, 2015


A series of events are being held to plan the future urban forests for Parkville and Southbank. Everyone is welcome and knowledge of trees is not required!

Parkville breakfast Saturday 21 March - 9:30am to 12:30pm
Bong Su Room, Melbourne Zoo
Register

Southbank breakfast Saturday 18 April - 9:30am to 12:30pm
Venue to be announced
Register

For more information about these events contact urbanlandscapes@melbourne.vic.gov.au

February 17, 2015


Have you noticed trees with price tags in Carlton Gardens or on Swanston Street? As part of the Urban Forest Strategy(External link) we continually work to highlight the value of trees in the urban environment. To this end we are partnering with the Nursery and Garden Industry Australia’s 202020 Vision(External link) to demonstrate the environmental benefits of trees using temporary tree tags.

The values on the tree tags were calculated using a program called iTree that applies monetary values to annual ecosystem services provided by trees. The iTree program provides values for annual carbon sequestration, pollution removal and avoided runoff based on tree measurements.

Trees provide many more ecosystem services than can be calculated at present and City of Melbourne is undertaking research projects to understand how the value of trees and other green infrastructure can be more completely valued.

May 11, 2014


The City of Melbourne is targeting a planting rate of 3000 new trees per year in order to double our canopy cover by 2040. The planting season occurs between April and October. For information on where trees will be planted over 2013-2014, refer to our map of 2013-14 planting projects (PDF, 1.7MB)(External link).

We remain committed to the Urban Forest Strategy’s target of having no more than five per cent of one tree species within the municipality, and this year’s tree planting season will reflect this.

Residents will be notified when tree planting will occur in their streets. For more information on the 2014 tree planting season, please call the Urban Landscapes Branch on 9658 9658.

April 11, 2014


The Kensington urban forest consultation was held on March 16 as part of the Kensington Community Festival. More than 80 members of the community joined Councillor Arron Wood, Cr Cathy Oke and Cr Rohan Leppert, and City of Melbourne staff to plan Kensington's future urban forest.

Rachel, a City of Melbourne resident, participated in the consultation and had this to say after the event...

What was your main motivation for attending Greening Kensington?

I am distressed about the state of the environment but I feel like I can’t 'touch' all these great spaces because they belong to council or utility providers.

What was the most interesting aspect of the workshop for you?

Information - the quality of the information presented, the amount of work that the team had conducted, the extremely high quality of presentation materials. I adore infographics - they speak volumes to me!

What is one thing that you learned, that you didn’t know before?

About the canopy! How much the shade reduces the heat load in the city. It made me think about urban planning, young trees with no shade, all these 'low maintenance' paved backyards, and the removal of nature strips.

What is your favourite green space in Kensington and/or the City of Melbourne?

I love the Stockmans Walk (Kensington) leading down to the river. As much as it’s a green, leafy canopy I also adore the beautiful rambling private gardens and random pottery artworks snuck into little places. I'd love to see more community effort in these spaces. Why can't we green up with herbs, hardy flowering plants (nasturtiums, geraniums) and green artworks. I also love Holland Park but I don't love the lack of shade. I think I love it because I imagine how great it could be with flowers and more shade.

April 11, 2014


Since February, several community members have joined the City of Melbourne as Citizen Forester volunteers. Right now 10 people are out and about in the city collecting elm leaves from some of our oldest elm trees. The genetic diversity of elms in Melbourne is not yet well understood and we are using our citizens to help improve that understanding. The samples collected by our Citizen Foresters will be used in an elm genetic diversity study that will guide future propagation of replacement elms. We hope that this will be the first of several Citizen Science opportunities on offer. If you are interested in becoming a Citizen Forester, please find out more here(External link).

March 18, 2014


Want to see more trees in Melbourne? You're invited to help us to design the future urban forest for Kensington. As part of the Kensington Community Festival(External link), this innovative and fun (and free!) breakfast event will help the city shape the plans that will guide future tree planting in Kensington. So come along, grab something to eat, share your thoughts and then head to JJ Holland Park for live music, stalls, children’s games and giveaways, BBQ and more. If you can’t make it to the breakfast, we would still love to hear from you so please add to the conversation on our forum page.

Sunday March 16th, 9.30 am - 12.30 pm at the Kensington Community Recreation Centre(External link).

March 3, 2014


The Docklands urban forest consultation was held on February 15 as part of the Sustainable Living Festival's(External link) Big Weekend. More than 120 members of the community joined Councillor Arron Wood and City of Melbourne staff to plan Docklands' future urban forest.

Alison, a City of Melbourne resident and recent graduate of the Master of Environment program at Melbourne University, participated in the consultation and had this to say after the event...

What was your main motivation for attending today?

My main motivation was to see what the City of Melbourne’s engagement process was like. I would never normally have the opportunity to contribute to what they’re doing so I wanted to come and see the process. I also wanted to contribute some ideas since urban forestry is something I’m really interested in.

What was the most interesting aspect of today for you?

It was great to see how surprised people were that they were actually being listened to. Some of the people at our table were so enthusiastic about putting stickers on the maps because they really wanted the City of Melbourne to know what they thought. It was cool to see that they felt pretty empowered by the process.

What is one thing that you learned, that you didn’t know before?

I didn’t realise that the City of Melbourne held consultations so often. I also didn’t realise it was in correlation with academic research; I didn’t know they were consulting with academics as well as the community. It was great to learn how collaborative and consistent engagement can be.

What is your favourite green space in the Docklands and/or the City of Melbourne?

I really like Royal Park just because it’s so active and there’s always people using it formally and informally, like rugby practice and kids throwing Frisbees. It’s so well used and so accessible to everyone.

Kensington's urban forest consultation is coming up! Join us at the Kensington Community Recreation Centre on Sunday March 16, 9.30 am - 12.30 pm.

February 25, 2014


The Melbourne City Council is seeking citizen volunteers to participate in the Urban Forest Data Collection Project. This community project involves gathering information on the vegetation (trees and shrubs) and permeability in specific parks, gardens and streets. No prior experience is required and thorough training will be provided by qualified instructors both in the classroom and in the field. The data collected will help the City of Melbourne to quantify important benefits from the urban forest such as air pollution removal and carbon storage, monitoring tree health and diversity, and tracking changes occurring over time as the urban forest strategy is implemented. Volunteering is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and build knowledge across our City.

Training Requirements

Office training for one hour (learning the steps of the methodology) and site training for two and a half hours (gathering information in the field).

How much field time is required?

About three to four hours per session (a morning or afternoon) whenever you are available, during the summer period. The idea is to have a number of citizens contributing to make the task easier.

If you are interested in joining the training please register your interest with urbanforest@melbourne.vic.gov.au(External link)

Once we have a group of willing Citizen Scientists we will arrange dates for training to occur.

January 20, 2014


What do you value about street trees and streetscapes? Fill in the new survey to help Dr. Dave Kendal from the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology understand how the public view streetscapes in order to create sustainable cities that provide healthy and enjoyable places for people. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous.

November 11, 2013


You’re invited to co-design the future urban forest for Docklands. City of Melbourne has a target to double the City’s tree canopy cover to 40%. As part of the 2014 Sustainable Living Festival, this innovative and fun breakfast event will help the city shape the plans that will guide future tree planting in your neighbourhood. Knowledge of trees is not required!

Saturday February 15, 9.30 am - 12.30 pm

Harbour Kitchen - The Lounge, Docklands

November 6, 2013


The public review period for the draft Urban Forest Precinct Plans for Carlton, South Yarra, East Melbourne and Jolimont, and the Central City has now closed. The revised plans will now go to Council for endorsement and, once approved, the final documents will be made available on our website.

October 3, 2013


We would like you to submit photos to be used during the upcoming consultation events to inspire conversation about the character of our urban forest. The best ones will be uploaded to our urban forest visual website!

Please submit photos to urbanforest@melbourne.vic.gov.au

September 13, 2013


The City of Melbourne has developed a new website Urban Forest Visual (External link)that details the location, genus and lifespan of Melbourne’s urban forest by precinct.

The interactive tree map allows you to explore Melbourne’s tree data and learn more about the life expectancy and diversity of trees in your city.

You can also use the website to send us a message about any tree in the city, hear about our urban forest precinct plan workshops and sign up for urban forest updates.

Visit Urban Forest Visual

September 2, 2013


The City of Melbourne’s Urban Landscapes Branch is always looking at ways we can work with the community to green our neighbourhoods. At the South Yarra Urban Forest Workshop, one of the attendees presented a concept for creating a mini-urban forest in Fawkner Park. We are now in the design stage for that project and will take the concept back to stakeholders in South Yarra to complete the design work. The mini-urban forest was one of many fantastic ideas contributed by the community during the workshops.

The Gipps Street median in East Melbourne is now complete. The project involved construction of a new median in Gipps Street, which increased the area of permeable surface in the street, provided good quality growing space for trees and opportunities for new plantings. This project was initiated by the East Melbourne community.

September 2, 2013