NEW RESEARCH NOW LIVE: WHERE WILL ALL THE TREES BE?

10 November 2020

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Green v Grey: what will our cities look like as temperatures and populations rise?

10 November 2020, Sydney Australia - Australia’s largest urban greening initiative has today revealed 67 per cent of suburbs and cities across the country will face significant challenges in growing and maintaining green cover in the future, as our cities grapple with a rising population and grey spaces expand with urban development.

Where Will All The Trees Be? – the third report in Australia’s only national tree canopy benchmarking series, led by RMIT University and Greener Spaces Better Places – also confirms the majority (69 per cent) of our urban areas have lost green cover (trees and shrubs) since 2013, spanning 131 urban and peri-urban Local Government Areas (LGAs).

While promisingly over the last four years 63 per cent of places increased their green cover, during the same period 73 percent of LGAs increased their grey cover - hard surfaces such as roads, pavement and roofs.

A growing population means more pressure on green cover in our suburbs and cities - as our cities and suburbs grow, it is vital our green cover keeps pace.

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We have also made the visual tools and renders from the research available for you to use as a way to spark conversation and further understanding among your own communities. Please note that these images should be credited to Greener Spaces Better Places, and may not be used for commercial purposes.

Access the visual assets here.