A Forest for Ashfield?

June 24, 2013 · Current Projects

A Forest for Ashfield?
The AshfieldCAN is currently looking at ways of taking advantage of our new powerline free verges
and developing this community asset for all.
We want to help mitigate the future loss of trees as rezoning occurs and infill means existing trees in
gardens are lost. There are many environmental, economic and social benefits from the presence of
trees in our suburbs.
More trees mean an improved streetscape, thereby increasing house and land values in the area.
The shade and cooling provided by trees means a cooler suburb and energy savings for all as well as
improved air quality.
By planting trees we encourage biodiversity, increase habitat for local fauna and build upon the
important habitat area in Ashfield Flats.
We plan to; encourage council to plant more street trees on Ashfield verges. Discuss amendments to
the existing street tree plan to take into account the fact that we no longer have any overhead power
lines. Encourage and support residents to replace lawns on verges with water wise gardens.
For more information email Emma at
emmaslavin@bigpond.com
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Ashfield Forest
Why
In Ashfield specifically to help mitigate the future loss of trees as rezoning occurs and infill
means existing trees in gardens are lost.
Improved streetscape – Increased house and land values.
Shade and cooling means energy savings.
Improved air quality.
Increased habitat for local fauna. Build upon important habitat area in Ashfield Flats.

How?
Lobby council to plant more street trees on Ashfield verges.
Discuss amendments to the existing street tree plan to take into account the underground
power.
Develop verge program, or other programs to increase sense of ownership of this community
asset.
Who?
Partnerships with Bassendean Preservation Society
Possible grants available – DEC Environmental Community Grants, Department of
Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (federal) Biodiversity Fund