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State of the Canopy

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.

The second best time is now.

The recent 2023 State of the Canopy report measured Hobart’s canopy cover across urban areas, excluding forested bushland reserves and rural living zones.

Hobart is unique among capital cities across Australia in that it contains significant proportions of forested bushland reserves. However, if you take Hobart’s surrounding bushland reserves out of the equation, and only look at canopy cover across the city’s urban landscape, the picture is very different. To read the full report click here.

Key findings of the report:

  • The average canopy cover across Hobart’s urban areas is 29 per cent.
  • In just five years – 2017 to 2022 – Hobart has lost two per cent of tree canopy on private land.
  • This is the equivalent of losing more than 27 MCGs worth of trees across Hobart.
  • Assuming the average canopy for every tree lost is 10 metres wide, this represents the loss of 6875 trees on private land in just five years.
  • Tree canopy cover on public land in Hobart has remained roughly stable, with a slight gain of hectares between 2017 and 2022.

This illustration shows the suburbs where the lowest tree cover was recorded:

This graph shows the suburbs where the greatest canopy loss was recorded:

The City of Hobart has an ambitious target of increasing tree canopy cover across its urban areas to 40 per cent by 2046.

In recognising this downward trend and the impacts of climate change, the City will focus efforts on reversing the loss of tree canopy through community education, tree planting incentives and initiatives, and further research.

Our City Canopy will play a critical role in raising awareness of the importance of trees and fundraising efforts will ensure that more trees are planted in Hobarts urban areas, streets and reserves.

Please donate today.

For more information, call the City of Hobart on 03 6238 2711.