Canopy keepers is a community group working towards the preservation and regeneration of Pittwater’s canopy
100 Trees Project
Let’s turn the tide against tree loss in our area

Here for the trees

About us

Tree canopy is formed by the upper layer of branches and leaves, rising from their main trunks. This crown cover reigns over the communities of animals and other plants that call it home.

Canopy Keepers was formed in 2020 as an independent group to raise community awareness about the social, environmental and economic importance of trees to our area. We aim to increase local appreciation of the value of a healthy and strong canopy. We also lobby for changes to regulations and practices to protect and enhance it.

Pittwater as a community is proud of its canopy but increasing urbanisation and development is placing it under threat. Please help us enliven our canopy-keeping culture! Join us today.

Why is canopy worth protecting?

Canopy provides key habitat and corridors for wildlife like Gliders, Ringtail Possums, Powerful Owls and Rosellas.

Why is canopy worth protecting?

Canopy provides key habitat and corridors for wildlife like Gliders, Ringtail Possums, Powerful Owls and Rosellas.

Why is canopy worth protecting?

More green space in residential areas has been shown to improve physical and mental health.

Why is canopy worth protecting?

More green space in residential areas has been shown to improve physical and mental health.

Why is canopy worth protecting?

Trees cool the microclimate, buffer against wind, sequester carbon and mitigate climate change.

Why is canopy worth protecting?

Trees cool the microclimate, buffer against wind, sequester carbon and mitigate climate change.

Why is canopy worth protecting?

Trees live in community, like us. An intact canopy retains interlocking roots that stabilise each other.

Why is canopy worth protecting?

Trees live in community, like us. An intact canopy retains interlocking roots that stabilise each other.

Why is canopy worth protecting?

Despite these benefits, Pittwater lost 13.2% of its canopy cover between 2009 and 2016 – the most significant canopy loss across NSW.

Why is canopy worth protecting?

Despite these benefits, Pittwater lost 13.2% of its canopy cover between 2009 and 2016 – the most significant canopy loss across NSW.

What can I do?

Think before you chop

Care for the trees under your stewardship. Obtain good advice about pruning and other maintenance before cutting them down.

Get reliable advice from a qualified (Level 5, Diploma of Arboriculture) arborist before pruning or removing any limbs of the tree. The tree management industry in NSW is not government regulated and there is no requirement for tree workers on private property to hold any minimum qualifications. So an investment in qualified advice might well save you a lot of money and ongoing problems – as well as save the tree. Remember trees with hollows, where birds and other animals can make their homes, take more than 100 years to grow.

Think before you chop

Care for the trees under your stewardship. Obtain good advice about pruning and other maintenance before cutting them down.

Get reliable advice from a qualified (Level 5, Diploma of Arboriculture) arborist before pruning or removing any limbs of the tree. The tree management industry in NSW is not government regulated and there is no requirement for tree workers on private property to hold any minimum qualifications. So an investment in qualified advice might well save you a lot of money and ongoing problems – as well as save the tree. Remember trees with hollows, where birds and other animals can make their homes, take more than 100 years to grow.

Regenerate your patch

If you’d like to see more action and less talk when it comes to “greening” our world you can:

Plant younger canopy trees like Spotted Gums, Angophoras, Scribbly and Peppermint Gums in your garden in spaces where they can mature. Plant mid storey trees and native grasses to support canopy. Check out the Pittwater Planting Guide below.

Regenerate your patch

If you’d like to see more action and less talk when it comes to “greening” our world you can:

Plant younger canopy trees like Spotted Gums, Angophoras, Scribbly and Peppermint Gums in your garden in spaces where they can mature. Plant mid storey trees and native grasses to support canopy. Check out the Pittwater Planting Guide below.

Spread the word

Are you a new resident or do you know someone who has recently moved to the area?

We have a letter with helpful information about Pittwater’s canopy, that we would love to deliver to you or your new neighbour. Please contact us via our contact form below, so we can get in touch. Learn more about trees from books like Overstory, Lab Girl, Barkskins, The Hidden Life of Trees, My Forests: Travels with Trees. Share books about the value of trees with children and young people.

Spread the word

Are you a new resident or do you know someone who has recently moved to the area?

We have a letter with helpful information about Pittwater’s canopy, that we would love to deliver to you or your new neighbour. Please contact us via our contact form below, so we can get in touch. Learn more about trees from books like Overstory, Lab Girl, Barkskins, The Hidden Life of Trees, My Forests: Travels with Trees. Share books about the value of trees with children and young people.

Register Significant Trees

Do you know of a tree in a street, a park or at your place that you feel is special?

Please send us a photo via email or to one of our social media accounts and we’ll post it there for everyone to appreciate. If it’s on public land, please add the address because the council is developing a Significant Public Tree Register and the trees you identify could find their place on this register.

Register Significant Trees

Do you know of a tree in a street, a park or at your place that you feel is special?

Please send us a photo via email or to one of our social media accounts and we’ll post it there for everyone to appreciate. If it’s on public land, please add the address because the council is developing a Significant Public Tree Register and the trees you identify could find their place on this register.

The criteria for significant trees:

1. Outstanding visual or aesthetic significance
2. Botanical or scientific significance
3. Significant ecological value
4. Historical and commemorative significance
5. Social significance

Other ways to support your local canopy

Join one of the many local bush care groups and help out when you can.
Contact APA (Avalon Preservation Association) or visit the Northern Beaches Council website.

Does your nature strip need a tree?
Northern Beaches Council will plant one if you agree to water and care for it. Contact them here.

Do you want to join a large tree planting crew?
The Greater Sydney Landcare Network will be planting 100,000 trees as part of the Creating Canopies project, which is part of the NSW government’s Greening Our City initiative. Find out more and register at: Creating Canopies in Greater Sydney.

Other ways to support your local canopy

Join one of the many local bush care groups and help out when you can.
Contact APA (Avalon Preservation Association) or visit the Northern Beaches Council website.

Does your nature strip need a tree?
Northern Beaches Council will plant one if you agree to water and care for it. Contact them here.

Do you want to join a large tree planting crew?
The Greater Sydney Landcare Network will be planting 100,000 trees as part of the Creating Canopies project, which is part of the NSW government’s Greening Our City initiative. Find out more and register at: Creating Canopies in Greater Sydney.

Join Canopy Keepers

You want to get involved?

There’s lots you can do to contribute to canopy preservation and regeneration where you live. If you’re not in Pittwater and would like to start your own local Canopy Keepers, we’d love to support you. All tree lovers, patrons and canopy champions, please get in touch!

How to become a member:

Sign up for our newsletter to receive updates on events & news.

Friend us on FB or Instagram.

Agree to our pledge below.

Request our beautiful stickers and display them with pride.

Work with us to build a culture of Canopy Keepers.

Spread the word and help us grow our membership – it’s free!

Join Canopy Keepers

You want to get involved?

There’s lots you can do to contribute to canopy preservation and regeneration where you live. If you’re not in Pittwater and would like to start your own local Canopy Keepers, we’d love to support you. All tree lovers, patrons and canopy champions, please get in touch!

How to become a member:

Sign up for our newsletter to receive
updates on events & news.

Friend us on FB or Instagram.

Agree to our pledge below.

Request our beautiful stickers and
display them with pride.

Work with us to build a culture
of Canopy Keepers.

Spread the word and help us grow
our membership – it’s free!

Our pledge

Commit to keeping your own canopy.

Learn about and promote
the benefits of canopy.

Regenerate canopy in places
where trees can mature.

Our pledge

Commit to keeping your own canopy.

Learn about and promote
the benefits of canopy.

Regenerate canopy in places
where trees can mature.

Get in touch

We’d love to hear from you

Like the trees, we are interdependent. We need you – as we all need trees.
We are here for the trees.

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    Canopy Keepers was formed in 2020 as an independent group to raise community awareness about the social, environmental and economic importance of trees to our area. We aim to increase local appreciation of the value of a healthy and strong canopy. We also lobby for changes to regulations and practices to protect and enhance it.

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