Verge Street Tree Planting Program
As part of the Town of Cottesloe’s 2018 street tree planting program, the Town is proposing to plant an additional 215 trees to ‘infill’ verge spaces. There are many advantages associated with an increased number of street trees including improved aesthetics, lower urban traffic speeds and lower urban air temperatures. More trees will also help mitigate climate change through contributing to urban forests and will support native bird species whose natural habitats are diminishing through urban development.
In addition to environmental benefits, studies have found that verge street trees can add economic value. Properties with verge trees can have a median property price increase of over $15,0001 and homes in leafy streets have been valued up to 30percent higher than other streets in the same suburb, which do not have trees2.
Species are in accordance with the Town’s Street Tree Masterplan. The planting is scheduled to take place during the winter months and is subject to availability of suitable stock.
Should you require any additional information please contact the Acting Sustainability Officer, Adeline Morrissey, on 9285 5000. Letter have been sent to properties that have been identified as 'infill' sites. If you object to planting a tree adjacent to your property as outlined in the attached plan/list, please write to email@example.com prior to Friday 15 June 2018.
If your verge was not identified as an ‘infill’ site and you would like a verge tree you may request one by contacting the Town at the above email address.
1 The effect of street trees on property value in Perth, Western Australia http://blogs.ubc.ca/apfnet04/files/2015/08/SUFES_05_Module-V_Street-Trees-on-Propert-Values.pdf;
2 Making the case for investment in street trees and landscaping in urban environments, Heart Foundation https://www.healthybydesignsa.com.au/download/2013/04/TreesLandscapingSnapshot_proof5.pdf).