About 3500 new trees will take root along Maroondah nature strips this winter as part of Council’s annual street tree planting program.
Hundreds of trees and shrubs are planted annually throughout the city, either in place of plants that have reached the end of their life, or to build on Maroondah’s leafy environment.
Maroondah Deputy Mayor, Councillor Nora Lamont, said the latest plantings would comprise a mixture of native and exotic species, with the most appropriate species being selected for each site based on available space, height limitations and existing tree character.
“Urban trees provide many benefits to our community, such as filtering pollutants, creating shade, and providing food and protection for birds and other wildlife. Research also shows that trees in urban environments can improve a person’s physical and mental wellbeing,” Cr Lamont said.
Typical species being planted include Callistemon (bottlebrush), Angophora, crepe myrtle, flowering gum, melaleuca, and a variety of eucalyptus trees.
“Street trees are one of Maroondah’s most important natural assets and we are committed to increasing our urban canopy with new tree plantings, as well as provide ongoing maintenance including regular assessment of their health, structural integrity and appearance, and to ensure they are clear of overhead powerlines, footpaths and roads,” she said.
Cr Lamont said that where possible Council planted indigenous species to ensure longevity of existing plant and wildlife populations.
“Trees are specially grown and selected based on their site suitability, existing streetscape, environmental benefits, drought resistance and ease of maintenance. Tree planting is also conducted during the cooler months of the year to ensure trees do not suffer heat stress and can establish quickly,” she said.
Maroondah’s landscape is defined by its extensive canopy, with an estimated 70,000 street trees, 47 bushland reserves and more than 750,000 trees (mostly native species) in parks and reserves.
“There is strong evidence that improving urban green space through planting of trees contributes to liveability, community health and wellbeing, cooler neighbourhoods, higher property values and asset protection. It also provides opportunities for connecting with nature,” Cr Lamont said.
“The value of trees in the urban environment is widely accepted. Trees are not only beautiful; collectively they add life to our urban landscapes, soften the harsh lines of buildings or complement architecture, provide privacy and a sense of security, while contributing to the landscape character and a sense of place,” she added.