In July 2002, West Coast Arborists, Inc. began working with the City of Inglewood Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department to develop a Street Master Plan to manage the future growth of one of the City’s most valued assets, street trees.
The Tree Master Plan sets out principles and strategies for conserving the existing tree population and provides a framework for sensitively integrating new plantings into the City's historic fabric.
The Plan defines management approaches to strengthen and sustain the ageing tree population and acknowledges the importance of trees in defining the character of the City and the part they play in enhancing its recreational, aesthetic and cultural value. The plan is also a proactive way to reduce tree-related problems and beautify Inglewood.
Trees can be looked upon as a valuable resource used to create a more livable environment and provide landmarks to embellish the history of a given area.
The objectives of the Master Street Tree Plan are:
- To provide a planting/replanting “master plan” for new development and redevelopment.
- To protect the inherent property values of homeowners and businesses.
- To promote the elegance and urbanity of the City’s trees.
- To clarify and establish approved street tree species by geographical sectors in the City.
- To reduce maintenance costs in the long run by providing like trees in a similar area.
- To provide trees more adaptable to soil conditions within the City.
- To provide a formalized guide to City staff and developers on approved tree species and the plan check process. It is recognized deviation from these guides will be necessary at times to implement the objectives of the Master Street Tree Plan.
To serve a community well, trees should be of long life and attractive at old age. They should be reasonably free of insects, diseases and should have a well behaved, deep root system that does not buckle sidewalks or enter sewer lines. They must withstand the elements and require a minimum of maintenance.
With these considerations in mind, in 2004, the Mayor and Council Members approved the Master Street Tree Plan developed by West Coast Arborist. The following are examples of trees planted throughout the City of Inglewood.
Carob Tree Chinese Flame Tree
Coral Tree Data Palm
Dwarf Purple Leaf Plum Eucalyptus
Evergreen Ficus Rubiginosa
Golden Rain Jacaranda
Liquid Amber Magnolia
Weeping Ficus Windmill Palm