Project status: Open

We know Canberrans highly value trees, shrubs, and green spaces as features that contribute to a liveable suburb. Trees have always been an important part of what makes Canberra a great place to live, work, and play. Trees also provide significant environmental benefits and play a key role in cooling our suburbs through their shade.

As Canberra grows and evolves and our climate changes, our city’s trees will be increasingly important. The time is right to renew and expand our urban forest in the face of these challenges.

We have set a clear direction for the future of Canberra in which trees will continue to have an important role. The Climate Change Strategy and Living Infrastructure Plan, both released in September 2019, set a tree canopy cover target of
30 per cent by 2045. This is an ambitious increase from the current coverage of 21 per cent, but is necessary to ensure the city is resilient against climate change. Achieving this target will involve changes to the way the ACT Government manages our urban forest, including trees both on public land and on leased land.

How to have YourSay:

We want your feedback on the future management of Canberra's urban forest. In the coming months we'll be reviewing the Tree Protection Act 2005 and developing an Urban Forest Strategy for the ACT. Over the next four years, we'll be planting 17,000 trees.