Why do we need an Urban Tree Canopy Plan?
Why do I need to be involved?
We all need to work together to protect our trees and Council wants your thoughts and ideas regarding the Urban Tree Canopy Plan.
Why are trees important?
There are a range of environmental, economic and social benefits to our community in maintaining a high canopy coverage, for example trees:
Mitigates air pollution by filtering particulate matter out of the atmosphere
Provides shade and cooling of the environment
Reconnects people with nature
Improves mental health
Does the Urban Tree Canopy Plan apply to trees on private property?
Yes the plan applies to public trees which are located on Council owned land such as open spaces, parks, sporting fields that are managed by Council, and to private trees that are located on privately owned properties.
Why do we need to improve diversity within the Urban Tree Canopy?
Diverse tree canopies are more robust to threats that may exist for certain tree species. For example, if a predator or disease strikes the trees not all will be harmed if there is a diverse range of species present. Additionally, diversity of trees and other plants results in a mixture of food sources for birds and animals which will also protect habitat and promote healthy ecosystems, particularly across wildlife corridors.
How will Council manage the removal of trees due to private developments? and where will any new trees be planted?
Specific tree replacement compensatory programs and guidelines will be developed to remediate the removal of trees in relation to both internal Council and external projects. As a minimum two trees will be planted to replace any mature tree removals.
How did the former Councils manage trees?
Due to the amalgamation of the three Councils, the following documents are still being used to assist with tree management:
- Tree Preservation Order Policy (former Warringah)
- Significant Tree Policy (former Pittwater)
- Road Reserve and Streetscape Management Policy (former Pittwater)
- Tree Management Policy (former Manly)
- Street tree planting policy (former Warringah)
- Urban Forest Policy (former Warringah)
- Bushland Policy (former Warringah)
- The former Councils Local Environment Plans and Development Control Pans