Fragmented open space is a real concern in urban areas as it prevents wildlife from easily moving between their natural habitats to access food and water, while preventing species from accessing a wider genetic pool for diversity.
The Perth metropolitan area is situated in one of few globally recognised biodiversity hotspots. A biodiversity hotspot is a place rich in diverse species that is under threat from development and land clearing.
For Perth, the challenge will be managing the pressure of development while creating an integrated open space network that provides a high quality habitat for native species to exist.
In Victoria Park, there is a shortage of open space and a critically low supply of endemic vegetation to support native species. Further to this, open space is highly fragmented and key corridors to link open space are disconnected or not fully utilized.
Vic Park Trees is currently investigating green corridor opportunities in the town. Preliminary work has revealed a network of regionally significant corridors exist, with potential for activation.
Kent Street/Miller St/Roberts Rd
Swan River Foreshore
Railway Line Reserve
The network also identified Albany Highway as a potential green corridor that could provide the opportunity for 'Landmark' plantings to develop the sense of place along the cafe strip.
Ultimately, the Vic Park Trees believes a hierarchy of corridors is evident and there is potential to develop these in various ways to link open space together. Wildlife will benefit from less fragmented habitats, while the pedestrian amenity of the corridors will drastically improve, leading to an increase in walkability and sense of place.