Share your thoughts on South Yarra's street trees

by Urban Forest Team 4 Feb 2013, 4:03pm

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

South Yarra has a population of approximately 5,812 trees. In streets, the dominant trees are elms, planes and gums. Canopy cover in public streets and parks is 36% making it highest among Melbourne precincts.

However, by 2040, approximately 3,090 of South Yarra’s trees will be gone because they have reached the end of their useful life expectancy. Approximately 40% of surfaces are hard and impermeable to water. Limited life expecancy and low diversity challenges for our urban forest will factor heavily in the development of South Yarra's Urban Forest Precinct Plan.

How do you think we need to green South Yarra?


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Alvaro Comment 1 5 Feb 2013, 3:45 PM

I would like to have fruit trees on South Yarra's streets

livingcity Comment 1.1 20 Feb 2013, 7:07 PM

Totally agree! I would love to see more fruit trees in areas all over Melbourne.

However I am somewhat sceptical regarding councils position on this. Dropped fruit could pose a liability, not to mention who owns the fruit, and what happens when someone becomes sick after eating the fruit... It's a sad world we live in when liability issues are considered first and foremost.

Can anyone from the council confirm their position??

Urban Forest Team Comment 1.1.1 Team Leader, Tree Planning 25 Feb 2013, 10:00 AM

In the City of Melbourne we have planted productive trees (fruit and nut producing trees) in locations where they are appropriate and the community has been supportive. Orange and lemon trees were planted in Holland Park, turkish hazels were planted around the Queen Victoria Markets and stone pines have been planted in the Domain and Fawkner Park. The recently completed Errol Street Reserve will soon be planted with quince and pomegranate. When choosing any tree species, consideration must be given to litter drop, pest and disease issues, soil or water limitations, and potential conflicts with people, property or infrastructure at a particular location. However, where we have a suitable location and the support of the community we can take the opportunity to plant productive trees.

livingcity Comment 25 Feb 2013, 11:03 AM

Great to hear!

Vic Comment 1.1.2 4 Mar 2013, 10:12 PM

Why not plant more fruit trees around the QVM for the traders to harvest and sell?

livingcity Comment 4 Mar 2013, 11:09 PM

Vic, it seems a bit odd to exclusivly allow private traders to profit off public trees..

melissag Comment 28 Apr 2013, 11:50 AM

Would love to see more synergy between local production and consumption. Would be great to see herbs produced localy for cafes for instance. And similarly, Cafes participating in community composting programs, to produce the soil needed to grow some produce. This is about moving towards closed-loop production systems.

Rubisco Comment 1.2 20 Feb 2013, 9:33 PM

What about nut trees?

melissag Comment 1.3 28 Apr 2013, 11:45 AM

Sounds great. Would especially like to see nut, citrus and olive trees. By way of example, All Nations Park in Northcote has a variety of fruit trees as well as an olive grove. Would be great to see this and mored edibles.

Rubisco Comment 2 18 Feb 2013, 11:13 AM

I would like to see a canopy cover that reduced street temperatures in summer yet allowed the sun's warmth to penetrate in winter.

livingcity Comment 2.1 20 Feb 2013, 7:19 PM

I agree, however we often see the same deciduous trees planted over and over. I want to see a more interesting range of trees.

Urban Forest Team Comment 2.1.1 Team Leader, Tree Planning 25 Feb 2013, 1:20 PM

We agree and are working to improve species diversity across the City. We have been planting some less commonly used trees in Melbourne including the Turkish hazel, Chinese tallow tree, Queensland kauri, willow leaved oak, swamp oak, tukeroo, kurrajong and magnolia. We are continuously working to expand our species list so if you have any suggestions, we would be glad to hear them!

livingcity Comment 25 Feb 2013, 5:33 PM

I love Queensland Kauri! One of my suggestions would have been Sapium, so it is good to hear they are being planted, cannot wait to see them in Autumn, they have to be one of the best autumn colour trees.

melissag Comment 3 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!