Share your thoughts on East Melbourne's street trees

by Urban Forest Team 4 Feb 2013, 4:02pm

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

East Melbourne has a population of approximately 4,895 trees. In streets, the dominant trees are elms, maples and planes. Canopy cover in public streets and parks is 33% making it second among Melbourne precincts.

However, by 2040, approximately 2,070 of East Melbourne’s trees will be gone because they have reached the end of their useful life expectancy. Approximately 55% of surfaces are hard and impermeable to water. Limited life expectancy and diversity challenges for our urban forest will factor heavily in the development of East Melbourne's Urban Forest Precinct Plan. For more information, review East Melbourne's infographic.

How do you think we need to green East Melbourne?

 

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CH6 Comment 1 10 Apr 2013, 5:31 PM

Please consider maximising the proportion of native trees, which have been shown to have a direct beneficial effect on wildlife in surrounding locations, particularly birds (e.g. http://www.ecosmagazine.com/?paper=EC12485). Related research has also shown that popular (non-native) street trees such as oak, elm and plum may have a detrimental effect on native birdlife.

Many of the trees embedded throughout East Melbourne streets (and separated from traffic/parked cars by metal posts, e.g. in Gipps and Hotham Sts) have been damaged as a result of these posts being wholly unsuitable for that purpose. Can stronger posts or some other protective mechanism be used? Can the more…

 

Urban Forest Team Comment 1.1 Team Leader, Tree Planning 11 Apr 2013, 9:29 AM

Thank you for your thoughtful comments CH6. We are consistently hearing that habitat for native birds is a priority for the community and that will be reflected in the precinct plans. The City has also been working through a renewal process for tree pits and tree islands in streets across Melbourne that will both improve growing conditions and increase protection from vehicles. Works will include streets in East Melbourne. A new median is currently being constructed in Gipps Street with fantastic resident support. The precinct plans will consider ongoing opportunities to improve tree health and growing conditions.

Thank you for bringing the issues of median parking and equipment on trees to our attention. Protecting our tree assets from damage is a core part of the work carried out by the Tree Planning team. We also rely on the community to let us know if they see something unusual happening to our trees so if anyone does observe something, please don't hestitate to contact the City through customer service on 9658 9658.

Urbankb1 Comment 2 15 Apr 2013, 9:33 AM

Planting more trees where suitable is a big plus for the East Melbourne precinct adding to the appeal of this area so close to the city offering a peaceful feel of retreat from the tar and cement of the hot high rise office buildings.

Please encourage more tree growth.

Native trees are always my first favourite, and any that offer 'bush tucker' would be a bonus, maybe not possible.

Introduced plants which have the versitility of urban planting are my second choice, recommended after experts knowledge for the density of housing, roads, and pathways.

melissag Comment 2.1 28 Apr 2013, 12:59 PM

Am very supportive of increased food production in urban areas, including creation of a 'bush tucker' garden in consultation with Indigenous communities.

melissag Comment 3 28 Apr 2013, 9:48 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 http://www.abc.net.au/rural/content/2012/s3596634.htm). Thanks!

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