Can you see three trees from your home? If the answer is no, there’s work to be done.
Urban Forestry professor and researcher Dr. Cecil Konijnendijk recently put forward a guiding rule for cities and their urban forests called the 3-30-300 Rule. Every resident should have three trees in view of their home, there should be a 30 percent tree canopy in all neighbourhoods, and there should be a high-quality park or greenspace within 300 metres of every home.
The 3-30-300 Rule is a best practice and science data-driven inspirational challenge and call to action for cities. Trees in cities help make our lives better and that includes our mental health, physical health, and social connections.
Planting trees and growing our urban forest canopy can help improve Hamilton’s overall air quality, protect water quality, reduce flooding, fight climate change, support biodiversity, provide our yards with shade and noise buffering and increase property values.
Planting trees on private property in Hamilton is especially important because many areas of our city have disproportionately lower urban forest canopy cover. For example, the recent urban forest technical report recorded 7.6% canopy cover in Ward 8 and 27.4% in Ward 5 (based on data from 2017).
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