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Bayside’s urban forest

We’re planting more than 2,200 trees a year on Council land while increasing and protecting other forms of vegetation to create a cooler, greener and more wildlife-friendly Bayside.

Our Urban Forest Strategy aims to improve Bayside’s environment in partnership with our community and respond to the effects of climate change.

Our urban forest will help protect and restore ecological systems with special concern for biological diversity and natural processes.

There are many reasons to love trees. Trees and vegetation make an important contribution to the liveability of our suburbs, encouraging outdoor activity and interaction and playing a crucial role in creating a healthy environment.

Trees draw carbon from the atmosphere, remove air pollutants, improve the look of our streets and provide shade. They and other vegetations are crucial habitat for wildlife, help to purify water, decrease salinity in soils and limit the effects of erosion.

Mayor Alex del Porto kneels next to newly planted tree

Mayor Cr Alex del Porto said increased indigenous planting on the foreshore and public areas will help to create a greener, biodiverse and resilient Bayside.

“We want to ensure our urban forest is healthy and can withstand the impacts of climate change,” Cr del Porto said.

“This includes ensuring new developments retain established trees and plant new vegetation while protecting mature trees and garden landscapes where possible,” Cr del Porto said.

Did you know?

  • Drought-tolerant indigenous ground covers, shrubs and grasses can be planted on nature strips and usually do not require a Council permit.
  • Appropriate plants are available to buy at the Bayside Community Nursery (315–317 Reserve Road, Cheltenham).
  • We carry out an annual tree planting program from May to September throughout Bayside. If you don't have a tree on your nature strip, you can request a tree to be planted the next planting season.

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