Share your thoughts about Carlton's street trees

by Urban Forest Team 4 Feb 2013, 4:00pm

Work is underway to develop an Urban Forest Precinct Plan for Carlton. All comments made on this online forum will be considered as contributions towards the development for the plan for Carlton.

Read the report about Carlton's Urban Forest consultation to date and add your ideas for greening Carlton on this forum.

Some Key Findings of Consultation to March 2013

Desired future states include:

  • High canopy cover that provides shade and dappled light
  • Visual diversity in terms of colour, shape, seasonal change and contrasts, and understorey planting
  • Use of both native and exotic species in the right locations to deliver the benefits that different trees provide
  • Species selection that results in mature trees that are in scale and harmony with the streetscape and its uses
  • A healthy, lush and vigorous urban forest of big, beautiful, green trees

Important services for the urban forest to provide:

  • Shade
  • Biodiversity
  • Water capture and storage
  • Economic benefits to small business
  • Psychological benefits (e.g., sense of calm, soothing etc.)
  • Food production
  • Aesthetic beauty
  • Opportunities for play

Relates to document Carlton Consultation Results March 2013 Relates to document: Carlton Consultation Results March 2013 (2.026 MB)

Comments (13) Expand All Replies

livingcity Comment 1 18 Feb 2013, 11:29 AM

Corymbia Citriodora 'Scentuous' would make a perfect street tree in some areas of Carlton

as would Brachychiton X 'Bella Pink' ... Have a look how good they look along High Street in Northcote

Urban Forest Team Comment 1.1 Team Leader, Tree Planning 19 Feb 2013, 1:34 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. We know the Brachychiton X 'Bella Pink' along High St and agree that they do look quite beautiful, especially when they are flowering. Last year we introduced Brachychiton discolor to Buncle Street, North Melbourne and to Stewart Street, CBD. We also planted Brachychiton populneus in Franklin Street, CBD.

blok Comment 2 20 Feb 2013, 4:03 PM

I prefer the ever reliable and shady plane tree to Australian trees although corymbia citradorus is a lovely tree in its place

livingcity Comment 2.1 20 Feb 2013, 6:54 PM

What's your reasoning behind preferring a Plane tree?

Vic Comment 2.2 4 Mar 2013, 10:02 PM

I enjoy the graceful visual elegance provided by the plane trees and dappled light that dances through the canopies on a sunny day with a mild breeze, Lygon St is stunning. Just stand at the corner of Lygon and Gratton to compare the contrast of a street with plane trees and a street without.

newtocarlton Comment 3 31 Mar 2013, 11:54 AM

We're just moved to Carlton. One thing that strikes me is how lucky the area is to have such an abundance of median strips. It is therefore good to see planning for the maintenance of these beautiful streetscapes.

I think more variety in tree cover would benefit the area. I am not against non-native trees as such, but with more extremes in weather patterns predicted, I think it would be sensible to move towards the planting of more drought tolerant natives. They also support local wildlife better than non-native trees.

Similarly, I would like to see much more variety in ground cover used on median strips. Where the median strip is large and the street is quiet, I have seen residents use shady grassed areas as mini parks. But usually these median strips are small, they serve little recreational purpose and provide little for local wildlife. I would therefor like to see more ground covers or low growing shrubs that are native to the area, to support local insect and bird populations.

Urban Forest Team Comment 3.1 Team Leader, Tree Planning 2 Apr 2013, 11:43 AM

Thank you for adding your comment. It has been pleasing to hear so many people thinking about the importance of incorporating more tree diversity and biodiversity into our urban forest.

melissag Comment 3.2 28 Apr 2013, 11:57 AM

Yes regarding utilising median strips, see also 'Recalim the Curb' initiative.

Urban Forest Team Comment 4 Team Leader, Tree Planning 2 Apr 2013, 11:46 AM

We have uploaded a report summarising Carlton consultation outcomes to date (see link at the top of these comments or in the library). Does this report reflect your views on how we should be greening Carlton?

cycler51 Comment 5 13 Apr 2013, 7:43 PM

I missed the Carlton consultation so thanks for posting the summary. I live in Carlton and totally agree with the reported least desired image, which is very similar to the Carlton street in which I live i.e. too many carparking places and not enough green spaces.

The intentions expressed in the policy are a start and the directions expressed in the consultation report go potentially further. I would add and encourage Council to plant more fruit producing trees. Understorey planting is important as expressed already, and that can also be food producing. Let our urban forest contribute to food security. Is there space allocated for community vege gardens?

There is still a lot of potential in Carlton to replace tarmac with green space for more biodiversity, water capture and use, contribution to cleaner air, moderation of temperature, food production and beauty.

melissag Comment 5.1 28 Apr 2013, 1:22 PM

Please consider more trials and flexible use of public spaces for urban food production. Such as pop-up vegie gardens (e.g. Fed Square pop-up patch) and pop-up parks (e.g. outside Sun Theatre in Yarraville). Could Lygon St have a ciclovia event where pedestrians take over the street? Lygon Street could be transfored into a pop-up park with edible plants! This would be a great event for both traders and locals.

Strongly support using the Urban Forest Strategy as a vehicle to tackle the issue of food security in urban areas. Please reflect the intent of the Heart Foundation's publication on Food-Sensitive Planning and Urban Design, into the Urban Forest Strategy. The matter of capture of clean stormwater is a great opportunity for action for a better food future.

Strongly support the provision of food forests as well as targets for the establishment of new community gardens (just about every council that has community gardens has waiting lists of many people long waiting to participate).

Urban Forest Team Comment 5.1.1 Team Leader, Tree Planning 14 May 2013, 4:27 PM

Thanks for your comments Mellisag. While the Urban Forest Strategy has been finalised, your comments will feed into the precinct plans and will be passed on to the different parts of council working on these issues. You may be interested in the City of Melbourne's Food Policy, which can be downloaded from

melissag Comment 6 28 Apr 2013, 9:50 AM

Please consider including a significant edible food forest to put Melbourne "on the map" in terms of local and innovative food production and distribution. When I say "significant", I mean something akin to the 7-acre food forest approved in Seattle (a more local example includes the 5-acre food forest to be established in Dayelsford). Food security is an issue that requires attention (see Melbourne Council's own Food Security strategy as well as that of Maribyrnong, Darebin, Hobsons Bay Councils). Equally, we need to greatly increase opportunities for people to participate in urban agriculture to reap the benefits of "growing community", improved food literacy and similar. These opportunities for participation are especially needed for urban city dwellers, many of which don't have their own backyards. Opportunities for participation in urban agriculture should also have regard to different cultural and marginalised groups, see the power of community gardening in the case of the Karen refugees that have been settled in Nhill (see Thanks!