Martin Ely

Martin is a landscape architect and arborist for Tree Environs with over 20 years of experience in planning and design for urban trees. He also has special expertise in the fields of sustainable landscape design, Water Sensitive Urban Design, structural soils and management of trees on development sites. During his career he has been involved in a wide range of urban infrastructure projects at a range of scales. In 2010 he completed a PhD at the Adelaide University of Adelaide School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, focusing on more sustainable practices for integrating natural processes into urban settings. His specific research focus has been on the role of street trees as ‘green infrastructure’ delivering a range of benefits to the city.

Green infrastructure: Life support for human habitats

The value of ‘green infrastructure’ in urban landscapes is becoming increasingly recognised by health professionals, water managers, planners, policy makers and designers around the world. The rapid expansion of towns and cities contains the real risk of creating unliveable, unhealthy environments.