Our Trees

Why Are Trees and Canopy So Important?


Trees and forests are very important to life on earth; they provide clean air, help filter storm water, provide habitat for plants and animals and can cool the environment. Just like in a natural forest, trees in the urban environment are also very important and help make our suburbs more enjoyable and healthier to live in. The value provided by trees and the urban forest increases exponentially with the increase of canopy cover.

Where Have The Trees Gone?

To accommodate a growing population, trees on private property and verges are often cleared for development and consequently, canopy cover is lost.

Wide scale removal of canopy in the urban environment often results in remaining trees being isolated and segmented in parks and recreational areas, leaving many square kilometres of unshaded roads, car parks, paths and roofs.

Since the 1980's, the City of Belmont has experienced a significant growth in population and development which has correlated with an observed decline in canopy cover. However, there are opportunities to reverse this trend and the incorporation of canopy cover into new developments can help lessen its decline whilst creating healthy and enjoyable places to live.

Whilst this may be a leading cause of canopy loss, it is important that we provide our growing population room for ongoing and sustainable housing. The incorporation of canopy cover into any development can help lessen the declining trend while creating a healthy and enjoyable place to live.

What Do We Have Left?

An assessment of the City’s canopy cover undertaken in 2013 revealed a canopy loss of 16 hectares between 2001 and 2012.

Canopy in 2001 covered 12.05% of the City of Belmont (excluding Perth Airport) and in 2012 had been reduced to 11.44%. The largest proportion of canopy loss has occurred on private land.

The industrial suburb of Kewdale has the least amount of canopy coverage for its area, while Ascot and Redcliffe are considered the ‘greener’ suburbs with an observed increase in canopy.




What Does The City Plan To Do?

The City's Urban Forest Strategy is a vital element to its long-term commitment to maintaining urban liveability. The objective of the Strategy is to enhance the urban forest and initially replace lost canopy coverage to at least the level it was in 2001, and continue to provide more.

The Strategy will secure the urban forest as a sustainable asset and help contribute towards the City becoming one of Western Australia’s most desirable and liveable Cities.

A thriving urban forest supports sustainable growth in population, property and industry and therefore the livelihoods, lifestyles and health of the City’s diverse communities. The retention and enhancement of green infrastructure will not only add to the urban liveability for current generations but it sets the precursor for healthy communities for decades to come.

What Can You Do?

We are seeking your input to help us enhance, retain, replace and secure the City's urban forest.

Have your say and help us grow Belmont's urban forest!

The City's next step is to develop the operational plan for the Urban Forest Strategy; the Canopy Plan. The Canopy Plan will set clear targets and actions to enhance, retain and replace canopy cover across the City.

Whilst we will do the digging and planting trees, we want the community to assist in setting some goals and targets for us. We need to know where more trees are needed and what the community wants in terms of tree programs, partnerships and actions.

Have your say by completing any of the below – tell us your tree story or ask us a question.




Why Are Trees and Canopy So Important?


Trees and forests are very important to life on earth; they provide clean air, help filter storm water, provide habitat for plants and animals and can cool the environment. Just like in a natural forest, trees in the urban environment are also very important and help make our suburbs more enjoyable and healthier to live in. The value provided by trees and the urban forest increases exponentially with the increase of canopy cover.

Where Have The Trees Gone?

To accommodate a growing population, trees on private property and verges are often cleared for development and consequently, canopy cover is lost.

Wide scale removal of canopy in the urban environment often results in remaining trees being isolated and segmented in parks and recreational areas, leaving many square kilometres of unshaded roads, car parks, paths and roofs.

Since the 1980's, the City of Belmont has experienced a significant growth in population and development which has correlated with an observed decline in canopy cover. However, there are opportunities to reverse this trend and the incorporation of canopy cover into new developments can help lessen its decline whilst creating healthy and enjoyable places to live.

Whilst this may be a leading cause of canopy loss, it is important that we provide our growing population room for ongoing and sustainable housing. The incorporation of canopy cover into any development can help lessen the declining trend while creating a healthy and enjoyable place to live.

What Do We Have Left?

An assessment of the City’s canopy cover undertaken in 2013 revealed a canopy loss of 16 hectares between 2001 and 2012.

Canopy in 2001 covered 12.05% of the City of Belmont (excluding Perth Airport) and in 2012 had been reduced to 11.44%. The largest proportion of canopy loss has occurred on private land.

The industrial suburb of Kewdale has the least amount of canopy coverage for its area, while Ascot and Redcliffe are considered the ‘greener’ suburbs with an observed increase in canopy.




What Does The City Plan To Do?

The City's Urban Forest Strategy is a vital element to its long-term commitment to maintaining urban liveability. The objective of the Strategy is to enhance the urban forest and initially replace lost canopy coverage to at least the level it was in 2001, and continue to provide more.

The Strategy will secure the urban forest as a sustainable asset and help contribute towards the City becoming one of Western Australia’s most desirable and liveable Cities.

A thriving urban forest supports sustainable growth in population, property and industry and therefore the livelihoods, lifestyles and health of the City’s diverse communities. The retention and enhancement of green infrastructure will not only add to the urban liveability for current generations but it sets the precursor for healthy communities for decades to come.

What Can You Do?

We are seeking your input to help us enhance, retain, replace and secure the City's urban forest.

Have your say and help us grow Belmont's urban forest!

The City's next step is to develop the operational plan for the Urban Forest Strategy; the Canopy Plan. The Canopy Plan will set clear targets and actions to enhance, retain and replace canopy cover across the City.

Whilst we will do the digging and planting trees, we want the community to assist in setting some goals and targets for us. We need to know where more trees are needed and what the community wants in terms of tree programs, partnerships and actions.

Have your say by completing any of the below – tell us your tree story or ask us a question.




Please let us know if you have any questions or comments relating to this project and will will do our best to answer them.

Q&A

  • Why does the council continue to give residents non-native verge trees such as Jacaranda's? And why does the council insist on planting London Plane trees in newly developed areas? Our native birds do not nest in these trees. I hope the new Urban Forest Strategy aims to re-vegetate with native plants and trees that are specific to the Belmont area.

    jhbelmont asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for contacting the City. The City continues to work with its community to plant new street trees and aims to provide the most appropriate tree for the verge, and ultimately one that will provide future shade and benefit to the community. The City is in the process of undertaking community consultation for the Urban Forest Strategy’s Canopy Plan – the action plan to increase and guide canopy cover. The community has the opportunity to influence actions within the plan so that community desires are addressed. The Urban Forest Canopy Community Forum is being held 31 August at the Civic Centre from 5:30-7:30pm.





  • Hi we have a healthy Ficus that we have to take out as it is going to get very big and eventually push over the fence etc. It is a beautiful tree and I really don't want to just chop it down ,so hoping that we could take it out and you could use it somewhere and replant it for the tree project.

    jenny21 asked almost 2 years ago

    Thanks for contacting the City. Great to see you are considering transplanting the tree and finding it a new home. Tree transplants are highly specialised and the tree needs to be prepared before moving it out of the ground. We would like some extra details, particularly the size of the tree with photos and information on the trees position on the property and access for heavy equipment. Please contact us on 9477 7257 to discuss further.