Each year the City of West Torrens undertakes street tree planting to enhance our urban forest and ensure that our community receives the benefits street trees offer.
This year we are doubling the number of trees we usually plant as a result of funding received through the State Government's 'Greener Neighbourhoods Fund'. This year we'll be planting 1,500 new street trees.
An audit of all trees within West Torrens was undertaken in 2019. Using this data, Council has assessed each street in West Torrens for canopy cover. As a result, our tree planting program is prioritised by need and areas of low canopy coverage, especially as a result of tree loss through urban infill development.
Owners of properties where new trees will be planted on the adjacent verge for this season have been notified. The tree species has been selected to match or complement the existing streetscape and are varieties which are successful in our local climate.
Minor earthworks will occur in the first instance, followed by planting of the tree in the coming cooler months. Exact dates will depend on the weather and rainfall to ensure the new tree has the best start. All new trees will be watered by Council for the first three years, however people are encouraged to give their new street tree some extra water during the summer months if they can.
As part of the funding received from the South Australian Government, Council will be trialling an 'Adopt a Tree program' where those properties that have a tree planted on the adjacent verge will be provided with a bucket, gloves and fertiliser. This can be used to assist in looking after the new tree if you have the capacity. The Adopt a Tree program is voluntary and not intended to place a burden on residents.
Street trees: provide shade, improve air quality, provide habitat, reduce stormwater runoff, improve sense of wellbeing and provide aesthetic beauty to a street and suburb.