Hume's Urban Forest

What is an Urban Forest?

Urban Forests are made up of public and private trees and understory vegetation that occurs within private properties, streets, parks, waterway corridors, conservation areas and other public spaces and includes the physical environment (air, soil and water) that supports them.
In Hume, the Urban Forest is defined as being located within the Urban Growth Boundary across all land zoning and land tenure.


Why do we need an Urban Forest?

Urban forests are a critical part of the green infrastructure that make cities and suburban areas more attractive and pleasant places to live. The Urban Forest assists with improving the urban environment by cleaning the air, improving stormwater quality, reducing urban air temperatures and creating opportunities for people to connect with nature.
For more information on the benefits of an urban forest see Living Melbourne: our metropolitan urban forest.


Hume’s Urban Forest Principles

Seven principles will be applied across a broad range of Council strategies and policies to guide the protection and enhancement of Hume’s Urban Forest, and will require Council to collaborate with many partners to deliver the broad benefits of the urban forest.
  1. Hume’s healthy and resilient Urban Forest improves the urban environment and responds to a changing climate

  2. Hume’s Urban Forest contributes to equity and social justice for residents

  3. Hume's communities value the Urban Forest in both the public and private realm, and participate in its creation and maintenance

  4. Hume’s Urban Forest improves the urban environment and contributes towards the identity and character of its neighbourhoods

  5. Hume will protect and retain the existing urban forest, with heritage, indigenous and large old trees as a priority, while establishing the next generation of urban trees

  6. Hume's Urban Forest contributes to local biodiversity

  7. Hume will innovate and collaborate to be a leader in Urban Forestry

For more detailed information on each of the seven principles see Hume's Urban Forest Principles 2020.  


Development of an Urban Forest Priority Plan in 2020 will enable the identification of priority actions to achieve the Urban Forest Principles across Hume and ensure that the interim canopy cover targets are deliverable.  

What is Urban Canopy Cover?

Urban Canopy Cover is the percentage foliage cover provided by trees within the urban landscape. Canopy trees are defined as vegetation that is three metres high or taller above the natural ground level.

Interim Urban Forest Canopy Targets

Three interim targets have been set for Hume City Council while we undertake the work to prepare the Urban Forest Priority Plan.
  1. In established residential and commercial areas (developed pre-2010), Council aims for a Measurable Canopy Cover^ of 15% by 2040 and 20% by 2050.

  2. In newly created residential and commercial areas (post 2010- ongoing) Council should aim for Measurable Canopy Cover^ of 10% by 2040 with Forecast Projected Canopy Cover* of 20% by 2050.

  3. In industrial precincts Council should aim for 10% canopy cover by 2040.

 trees in park reserve

^ Measurable Canopy Cover is defined though the use of lidar imagery and geospatial interpretation.

* Forecast Projected Canopy Cover uses geospatial analysis to look at the useful life expectancy of established Council-owned trees within the asset management system to extrapolate out the likely canopy cover based on each tree species once each tree grows to maturity.


Updated : 5:23 PM, 18 May 2020

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