Free tree plan turns a new leaf

Emma TaylorNarrogin Observer
Shire president Leigh Ballard.
Camera IconShire president Leigh Ballard. Credit: David Charlesworth

Residents of the Narrogin and Highbury town sites can request the Shire of Narrogin plant a tree on their verge if there is room for an additional tree.

The initiative, designed to enhance both the built and natural environment of the town sites, has had mixed reviews around town, with some taking to the community Facebook page to raise concerns about complications which could be caused by the root systems and branches.

Shire president Leigh Ballard said those concerns had stemmed from the past when the wrong trees were planted.

“A lot of work has been done to make sure the right trees are planted this time not the wrong ones, so they don’t become an issue in our drainage system,” Cr Ballard said.

Cr Ballard said he hoped the initiative would allow people to have their say on what they would like to see on their verge, rather than the Shire planting trees for the sake of it.

“If we can get the landowner to say ‘yes, I'd love a tree here’, and be willing to care for it while it gets established, then that ideally is what we’re trying to get out of the initiative,” he said.

Once the tree is planted, residents are encouraged to water it for the first two summers or until it is established.

Trees will be planted during June, July and August for best results and dependent on availability.

To request a street tree, visit the Shire of Narrogin website and fill out a request form.

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