The City of Casey has approximately 130,000 street trees and a similar number of park trees; each week these numbers continue to grow with the development of new residential areas across the municipality.
These trees are a diverse mix of native (native to Australia), indigenous (native to the City of Casey) and exotic (not native to Australia) species and Council continues to work to support their further development.
Perhaps the most significant of these are the dotted communities of River Red Gums Eucalyptus camaldulensis, which can be best viewed at various parks across the municipality, including Banjo Patterson Reserve in Lynbrook.
Council also maintains excellent tree populations at the iconic Wilson Botanic Park Berwick as well as seven Avenues of Honour.
Why is a healthy population of trees so important?
A healthy tree population has a myriad of benefits for the community. It adds considerable character, amenity (shade) value, habitat (for animals) and environmental benefits (clean air and water). Areas that are green and well landscaped are also more desired places to live.
Trees form an integral part of our cityscape and are essential in creating a healthy viable environment. Apart from the aesthetic qualities associated with trees, their uses and value as an asset are numerous and include:
- retaining stormwater and reducing the amount of pollutants that enter our waterways,
- shading paths, roads, gardens, and people. Trees actually preserve asphalt roads and concrete pathways by reducing the constant exposure to the harsh rays of the sun,
- trees can reduce the ground temperature by up to 6% and assist with reducing the heat trapped by roads and buildings (the heat Island effect) on hot days,
- trees sequester (capture) carbon and release oxygen,
- trees provide habitat for birds, animals and insects; this is important in making sure that the local environment is in balance and in turn assists with keeping pest insect populations low because birds and beneficial insects feed on pest insects,
- evergreen trees reduce the need for extra heating in winter and extra cooling in summer by shielding and shading homes from strong winds and sun,
- trees help to reduce the amount of pollutants in the air that can trigger respiratory ailments and breathing problems,
- trees remind us of our connection to the greater natural environment,
- trees shade playgrounds and can provide a pleasant outdoor experience when using your local park for fitness, play or a quiet walk; and
- trees can reduce stress levels just by association. Walking near trees can make you feel calmer.
Download the Casey's Tree Guide (1mb).
The benefits of trees
Download the pdf document of a local tree identifying the benefits to the local community (949kb)