The trees of the Northern Beaches are integral to its character, heritage and natural beauty. With one of the largest urban tree canopy coverages in Sydney, we are the envy of many other metropolitan areas. On Council-managed lands (bushland reserves, community centres, parks, road reserves and sporting fields), 56 percent of this area has been measured as being under canopy cover .
Urban tree canopy refers to trees on public and private land in an urban environment. Canopy refers to the extent of an individual tree’s crown (including branches and leaves) or the combined canopy area of trees.
The urban tree canopy is part of the ecosystem in the same way that roads, car-parks, footpaths, buildings and other structures form part of the complex-built environment.
Our urban trees need to be protected if we want to preserve our current lifestyle and environment. We need to protect not just the significant trees on the Northern Beaches but value trees that provide habitat, shade, protection and pleasing aesthetics on both public and private land.
There are increasing demands on the Northern Beaches environment as more residents and businesses seek to call the Northern Beaches home. We recognise that there will be impacts on the urban tree environment over time as infrastructure and housing demands of a growing population need to be met.
This plan provides a framework for the management of our urban trees and will measured through the collection and monitoring of data relating to our tree canopy and management actions.