How does Council protect, maintain and renew trees?
In 2011 Council adopted the Marrickville Urban Forest Policy and Strategy
which recognises the urban forest as an essential, living infrastructure asset and resource that provides a wide range of social, environmental and economic benefits. Amongst other recommendations, the Strategy proposed an increase in the urban forest canopy.
In 2012 Council finalised a street tree condition audit of approximately 22,000 street trees. In addition to species, size, condition and risk assessment, the audit spatially located each tree, mapped the overhead power line network and infrastructure damage associated with the trees. From this a Street Tree Inventory
In 2013 Council engaged the community to create the Street Tree Master Plan
. This provides a blueprint for new planting programs that address current tree management issues such as an ageing tree population, biodiversity, species selection and risk management across the council area.
This project is now completed.