Why we care
City Canopy’s founders are passionate about plants and trees and the many benefits that green space provides in cities and towns. The loss of trees over time in cities and towns and the clearing of trees for new urban development has negative economic, social and environmental consequences.
We care because trees planted today are going to grow and outlast us and continue to provide benefits to ongoing generations.
We care because we believe there is a clear community expectation to nurture existing urban forests and plant suitable species that will survive the changing climate.
Concerns about the loss of tree canopy cover and biodiversity in cities and towns have inspired us to listen to the community and to work with them to implement green space initiatives.
City Canopy Founders
Cliff is a highly experienced and skilled environmental scientist with a proven track record in environmental management within the energy, mining, forestry and horticultural industries.
As a horticultural student at Kings Park in the 1960’s he was involved in the development of the Botanic Gardens and pioneering methods in the propagation of WA’s iconic native plants. Perhaps one of the original “tree huggers”, Cliff would offer one particular Lemon-Scented Gum along Fraser Avenue a regular hug. Today, the same tree offers a much larger challenge!
Upon completion of his environmental science degree at Murdoch university he spent two years with the new Division of Private Forestry in Tasmania – exploring some of the most remote parts of the island assessing and addressing the impacts of private forestry activities on the natural environment.
Then, as Environmental Coordinator with a Pilbara iron ore company responsible for environmental management activities at the company’s port, mines and towns, he pioneered innovative rehabilitation techniques on mined-out land.
As an Environmental Manager at Western Power he founded and coordinated the award-winning Western Power Greening Challenge – the largest volunteer-based revegetation program of its time in Australia. Over a five-year period, 4.2 million native plant seedlings were planted in the Wheatbelt of WA involving over 5000 volunteers. During this period he also initiated and managed the highly successful Western Power Endangered Plant Rescue Program and the design and development concepts for the Synergy Parkland (was Western Power Parkland) at Kings Park.
In 2014, as CEO with the not-for-profit organisation, Men of the Trees, he initiated another Greening Challenge which broke a Guinness World Record for the most trees planted simultaneously. In urban bushland north of Perth, 100 450 native tree seedlings were planted in one hour by 2000 community volunteers.
Connect with Cliff Morris on linkedin.
Lisa has worked for nearly 20 years as an environmental scientist, with Western Power, primarily managing threatened species in one of the World’s 35 biodiversity hot spots, the SW of Western Australia. Lisa noticed, whilst managing threatened species, that many survived in Parks and Reserves within urban areas. It was evident that the surrounding local and exotic trees and plants, in streets and gardens, played an important role in supporting the native plants and animals.
Lisa was excited when she learned about the recent worldwide urban forest/green space movement that has seen local governments signing up for things like Vision 202020 (a 20% increase in green space by 2020). It was her concern for our State’s unique urban ecology, the impact of climate change on that ecology and on the people living there, and the understanding that healthy urban forests could help cool our urban environments and significantly slow the loss of native species.
Lisa’s work at Western Power gave her a deep understanding of community and local government issues relating to State’s urban forests and our amazing urban ecology. Lisa worked with the community when she managed the coordination of 5000 volunteers for the planting of 4.2 million trees in WA’s Wheatbelt to help tackle salinity, loss of biodiversity and climate change.
Lisa is passionate about urban design, the placement of infrastructure and how it affects natural ecosystems and built environments and their sustainability outcomes.
Connect with Lisa Edwards on linkedin.
All illustrations on the site by Sandra Faye Harms.