Draft Urban Forest Strategy

Submissions closed on 10 November 2022, 11:59 PM

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The City of Ryde’s Urban Forest Strategy is on public exhibition for community comment. 

The new Urban Forest Strategy is an update of the existing 2013 Tree Management Plan and 2013 Street Tree Masterplan and is intended to replace both documents.

The directions proposed in the draft Urban Forest Strategy are based on an extensive community engagement and a detailed review by consultants Edge Environment Pty Ltd. 

The Edge Environment review provides a strong evidence base for enhanced Urban Forest management, with its focus on:

  • The social, environmental, and economic importance of the Urban Forest,
  • Current tree canopy cover and trends (showing significant canopy loss in recent years),
  • Scenario testing of achieving Council’s 40% tree canopy target,
  • The main challenges to achieving the canopy target,
  • Street tree planting priorities, and
  • Guidelines for best practice tree planting and asset management processes. 

The draft Urban Forest Strategy provides Council with a clear evidence-base in which to grow and protect its urban forest. The Strategy will be used to inform increasing Council’s investment in tree planting and reviewing planning controls relating to trees.

Council is seeking your comments and feedback on the proposed strategies and actions to ensure optimal management of the City of Ryde’s trees and urban forest.  

We would like to hear what you think about the strategic framework and action plan, which ideas and recommendations are most important for you, and ideas you may have for improving the Strategy. 


You can Have Your Say on the Draft Urban Forest Strategy in a number of ways including via e-mail, post or by completing the submission form below.

Written Submissions

Written submissions must be clearly marked as ‘Draft Urban Forest Strategy’. All submissions must be received by Council by Thursday 10 November 2022.

Online Submissions 

Online Submissions are now closed.

If you require more information about the Draft Urban Forest Strategy, or are unable to make an online/written submission, please call our Customer Service Centre on 9952 8222 or email cityofryde@ryde.nsw.gov.au.

If you require translating assistance, you may call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 and ask for an interpreter to contact Council for you.