Embedding green infrastructure - best practice toolkit

In May 2016, the City of Yarra, in partnership with Cities of Melbourne, Moreland and Brimbank, the Green Infrastructure Research Group, and the Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action, commenced the ‘Embedding Green Infrastructure Best Practice Toolkit’ project. The toolkit was developed over two years via...

Neighbourhood tree disputes: report

This report responds to a number of suggestions from the community about an urgent need to improve the law to help neighbours resolve their disputes about trees. The inquiry was initiated by the Commission as part of its community law reform program.
Journal article

Association of urban green space with mental health and general health among adults in Australia

This study suggests that urban greening strategies with a remit for supporting community mental health should prioritise the protection and restoration of urban tree canopy in cities of Australia.
Draft report

Northern Beaches Council draft urban tree canopy plan

Urban trees need to be protected if we want to preserve our current lifestyle and environment. This plan provides a framework for the management of our urban trees.
Policy report

Green infrastructure:

Cities and states are always looking for ways to more efficiently and effectively deliver public services, such as flood management, resource conservation, pollution prevention, social equity and human health. Green infrastructure is an integrated set of strategies that help realize these outcomes in the built...
Journal article

Challenges for tree officers to enhance the provision of regulating ecosystem services from urban forests

Urbanisation and a changing climate are leading to more frequent and severe flood, heat and air pollution episodes in Britain's cities. Interest in nature-based solutions to these urban problems is growing, with urban forests potentially able to provide a range of regulating ecosystem services such...
Journal article

Business attitudes towards funding ecosystem services provided by urban forests

Urban trees and woodlands provide a wide range of ecosystem services (ES) to society, for example, flood risk reduction, air purification, and moderation of urban heat islands. Despite this, local government budgets for tree planting and maintenance have declined in many cities throughout the world...

Five million trees for a greener Sydney by 2030

We're aiming to increase Greater Sydney's tree canopy to 40% by 2030 by planting more trees in streets, parks, bushland areas and yards. That’s more trees in our streets, parks, backyards, neighbourhoods and schools, so we can grow our tree canopy from 16.8%* to 40%...

Smart city planning can preserve old trees and the wildlife that needs them

Australia’s landscapes are dotted with mature eucalypts that were standing well before Captain Cook sailed into Botany Bay. These old trees were once revered as an icon of the unique Australian landscape, but they’re rapidly becoming collateral damage from population growth. Mature eucalypts are routinely...
Conference paper

Trees, townhouses and apartments: the effect of development density on private property tree distribution in Melbourne

Urban trees provide substantial ecosystem services, and trees on private land are a sizeable segment of overall urban tree cover. Trees provide shade, cooling and habitat, and contribute to aesthetic values, sense of place, and urban dwellers’ mental and physical wellbeing. With increasing size and...