Town receives WA’s first-ever “Tree Cities of the World” recognition
Published on 02 March 2021
On 1 March 2021, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and the Arbor Day Foundation, congratulated the Town of Victoria Park for earning a 2020 Tree Cities of the World status – the first city or town to do so in Western Australia.
The program is an international effort to recognise cities and towns committed to ensuring that their urban forests and trees are properly maintained, sustainably managed and duly celebrated.
Town of Victoria Park Mayor Karen Vernon said that the Tree Cities of the World recognition is much welcomed and reflects strongly on the success of the Town’s unique community-led Urban Forest Strategy and its collaborative implementation.
“Since 2019, the Town’s Urban Forest Strategy has been guiding all of us – staff and Elected Members, together with residents and the wider local community – on how we can create a healthy and thriving urban environment here at Vic Park,” Mayor Vernon said.
“As a result, year on year we have seen continued growth and support for our efforts in Greening Vic Park.”
“This is evident when the Town almost tripled the amount of trees planted in 2020 compared to the previous year, increased its projected canopy cover by 40,000 m2 in the 2020 planting season and saw record numbers of residents participating in activities such as Urban Forest at Home.”
“Congratulations to all who are involved in the Town’s Urban Forest program. Earning this global recognition has been possible through our combined commitment to making our Town a healthier, happier and greener place to live in.”
Heather Johnstone – a member of the Town’s Urban Forest Implementation Working Group – commented that being able to meet the standards of recognition for the Tree Cities of the World program is an awesome recognition and positive sign for the future of the Town.
“There are only 120 cities across 63 countries who have met the five core standards of the program, which included establishing responsibility, setting green policies, having a long-term care plan, a resource commitment and creating awareness when it comes to trees,” explained Ms Johnstone.
“Trees and urban forests are a vital component of healthy, liveable and sustainable cities and towns and Tree Cities of the World celebrates this.”
“The Town of Victoria Park’s commitment to effective urban forest management is helping to ensure a better future for its residents.”
More information on the Tree Cities of the World Program: treecitiesoftheworld.org.
Details of the Town’s Urban Forest program can be found at vicpark.info/ufs.