Tree removals surge under new tree policy

The Inner West Council’s controversial tree-clearing policy which makes it easier for owners to chop down trees has led to a surge in the number of trees being removed from private land.

The policy allows landholders to raze trees within two metres of a household structure with few restrictions came into effect in February after Greens’ Councillors warned weaker protections could trigger a “tree massacre”.

Cities that are rich in nature bring health and well-bring benefits to humans, help to mitigate the impacts of climate change and provide much needed habitat for native animals.

With the Cooks River at our doorstep, Marrickville should be an ecological hotspot but pollution, new rules to make it easier to remove trees and leadership that’s delivered one of the lowest proportions of open greenspace in all of Sydney, Marrickville is falling behind.

Read the full story in the Sydney Morning Herald here.