Perth’s Urban Forest | The Greens (WA)

The Greens have a plan to keep our city cool and beautiful with a protected network of Urban Forests, linked together with green corridors, tree-lined streets, parks and backyard gardens. With smart planning we can all live within a 5 minute walk of our local park or greenway, stay cool in summer, and protect Perth’s precious natural places. Green cities are beautiful cities, healthy cities and resilient cities.

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About our plan

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About our plan


As we face the challenges of climate change, and an outdated planning system that has led to the destruction of more than 75% of Perth’s bushland, we must protect what’s left, restore what we can and change the way we design our city.  

The Greens’ Perth Urban Forest Plan will introduce a new network of protected regionally significant natural habitats linked together with urban forest corridors that will be within walking distance to all of Perth’s residents, increasing our contact with nature and culture, and protecting our places that are too precious to lose.

Our Urban Forest Plan provides dedicated funding and a clear strategy to green our city. This plan will help cool our suburbs in a warming climate, provide recreational spaces for people to enjoy, encourage healthy lifestyles and protect our local biodiversity. 

Built on the 40,000 year history of Noongar occupation and cultivation, and integrating the latest mapping work in urban biodiversity, canopy cover and climate change resilience, this initiative will transform Perth into a city that honours its place as one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots and home to the oldest living culture on the planet.



Quick Facts

  • 75% of Perth’s original bushland and 80% of our original wetlands have been lost.
  • 2015 was the hottest year on record. Global Warming is making our city hotter.
  • Heatwaves kill more Australians than all other natural disasters (bushfires, cyclones etc) and heat related deaths are expected to double in Perth by 2050.
  • Trees can cool a city street by 4-6 degrees celcius, making them a vital asset in the fight against climate change and heat related deaths.
  • A university study found that a single tree is worth up to $193,250 in ecosystem services such as air filtration, stormwater management, Co2 reductions and property value increases.