First ever Urban Forest Grants now available for greening Vic Park

Published on 12 March 2020

Urban Forest Grant seedling

The Town of Victoria Park is inviting residents, local businesses, community members and relevant organisations to apply for up to $10,000 funding for tree planting projects that will contribute to the Town’s urban health. 

The funding is made available under the Town’s first ever Urban Forest Grants program, supporting the community driven goal of increasing our tree canopy cover to 20%. 

Mayor Karen Vernon said the new grants are all about supporting and working together with passionate community members to achieve our Urban Forest Strategy (UFS) goals. 

“Our community-led and driven Urban Forest Strategy is contributing to a healthier, happier community and a more sustainable natural environment for everyone to enjoy today and into the future,” Mayor Vernon said. 

“For all of us to experience the benefits of an urban forest, we need to work together!” 

“Our first ever Urban Forest Grants provide an opportunity to do exactly that - by making it financially possible for community members, groups, businesses and relevant organisations to lead tree-planting projects throughout the Town.”  

Urban Forest Grant applications are now open until 5pm, Friday 10 April 2020. All submitted applications will be assessed by a panel of Town staff. Successful projects will need to be implemented between May to October 2020. 

Heather Johnstone, member of the UFS Implementation Working Group said it was exciting to see recommendations within the strategy come to life.

“When our community published the Urban Forest Strategy in August 2018, we set out six strategic outcomes to improve the Town of Victoria Park’s tree canopy cover,” said Heather. 

“With the support of the Town’s Council and staff, we have since seen growing interest by the wider community to make the Town of Victoria Park a greener and healthier environment to live in.” 

In 2019 a record of 1,659 trees and 118,000 shrubs were planted, adding a total of 70,000 square metres of projected canopy to the Town’s urban forest. 

The increase in planting was due to the delivery of large public greening projects and more street and park tree planting programs, completed together with community members. 

More information and to apply for an Urban Forest Grant: http://www.victoriapark.wa.gov.au/grants.