Urban forests provide numerous benefits to human health and wellbeing, the local urban environment and biodiversity. Despite this, many suburban areas are experiencing declining urban forests due to urban consolidation. In response, this paper proposes scenarios for improving canopy coverage using an Australian middle ring suburb as a case study. The paper employs a Delphi method assessment of the scenarios regarding their benefits and feasibility. The paper concludes that while experts focus on the technical dimensions of urban forest planning, planners should ensure that urban forest plans embody a place-based narrative that captures the public imagination and engenders stewardship.