202020 Vision How To Grow An Urban Forest

Urban forestry, as distinct from arboriculture and horticulture, considers the cumulative benefits of an entire tree population, as well as other urban greenery across a town or city. An urban forest comprises all trees and other vegetation within the municipality and the soil and water that supports it.

It incorporates vegetation in streets, parks, gardens, plazas, campuses, river and creek embankments, wetlands, railway corridors, community gardens, balconies and roofs.

We also encourage councils to consider vegetation on roofs, walls and facades as an important component of an urban forest, and incorporate these elements into thinking when it comes to designing an urban forest strategy to avoid the need for this to be a stand-alone document.

The practice of urban forestry can be described as the science and art of managing trees, forests and natural ecosystems in and around urban communities to maximise the physiological, sociological, economic and aesthetic benefits that trees provide society, as well as habitat and biodiversity provisions.