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Melbourne working to double forest canopy to cover nearly half of the city by 2040

Submitted by on July 28, 2015 – 4:00 am

mel forestImagine if New Zealand followed Melbourne’s example: The City of Melbourne has an ambitious Urban Forest Strategy seeking to double canopy cover to 40 per cent by 2040.  They have an Open Space Strategy aiming to increase open space by 7.6 per cent.  They are working to ensure every resident is within 300 metres of a quality green space.  Melbourne manages an urban forest of over 77,000 trees and a network of nearly 480 hectares of internationally acclaimed parks and gardens.

They feel that urban forests are critical for cities as they offer many benefits such as air and water filtration, shade, habitat, oxygen, carbon sequestration and nutrient cycling as well as opportunities for experiencing a connection to nature.

Council follow the How to Grow an Urban Forest guide, which is a 10 step proposal to help councils across Australia strategically plan for and develop healthy urban forests to create liveable and climate resilient cities and towns.

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