A collaboration between Greener Spaces Better Places and Living Melbourne

As anyone working in the urban greening space will know all too well, there’s no shortage of information, tools, resources and case studies out there that can help you to plan, manage, protect and enhance green cover.

The trouble is, however, this information is often disparate and incomplete – making it difficult to access the most appropriate tools, resources and best practice examples.

That’s why we've collected these existing materials together – including tools, guides, publications and case studies – and curate the best of them in a single place: right here, in the Urban Greeners' Resource Hub.

This Hub has been curated following consultation with a panel of urban greening implementation, research and technical experts from across Australia, and we gratefully acknowledge their support and input.

Australia’s #1 collection of best practice tools, guides and resources for professionals. Made in partnership with Living Melbourne.

Tree Costing Tool and Instruction Manual Australia

By Hort Innovation – 2020

The Tree Costing Tool is designed to calculate the life cycle cost of urban tree projects. It provides a systematic and user-friendly approach to project cost evaluation based on size and location requirements. Along with the tool comes the instruction manual which provides step by step instructions for users to work through the Tree Costing Tool spreadsheet and enter project details. After entering all the required values, the tool provides a results summary. Users have the option to analyse and compare three projects within the tool. These resources were produced as part of the Hort Innovation Nursery Fund project Budget tool to calculate the cost to successfully establish trees in the urban landscape (NY18003).

National Reporting, Measurement & Tracking

Tree Standards – AS2303

By Standards Australia – 2018

This Standard specifies the criteria for the assessment of above-ground and below-ground characteristics of tree stock that are to be supplied for landscape use. It covers container-grown, containerized, bare-rooted and ex-ground tree stock, and can be applied to all stages of growth. The specifications and criteria in this Standard apply to all methods of production systems and styles of containers.

National Implementation tools


By TREENET – 2017

TREENET is the national urban tree research and education cluster. Originating from the University of Adelaide’s Waite Arboretum.

National Additional Resources

Trees for Cooler Greener Streetscapes: Guidelines for Streetscape Planning and Design

By Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning – 2019

These are guidelines for planning and integrating healthier trees in urban streetscapes, with the aim of creating a cooler and greener Melbourne. The focus of these guidelines is supporting better placement and design integration of trees in roads and streets in priority urban areas to increase tree canopy cover. They provide guidance for the planning and design process, example solutions for typical streetscapes and a design catalogue for reference in creating bespoke solutions.

Victoria Implementation tools State-specific

University of Melbourne: Green Infrastructure Research Group

By The University of Melbourne – 2013

The Green Infrastructure Research Group is an interdisciplinary team of Australia’s leading green infrastructure experts with a shared passion for using plants to make cities more liveable. They create and embed knowledge and technologies in smart design, construction and maintenance of green spaces, trees, parks, rain gardens, community gardens and green roofs and facades in built environments. They are part of the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

Victoria Additional Resources

Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Journal

By Elsevier – 2021

Urban Forestry and Urban Greening is a refereed, international journal aimed at presenting high-quality research with urban and peri-urban woody and non-woody vegetation and its use, planning, design, establishment and management as its main topics. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening concentrates on all tree-dominated (as joint together in the urban forest) as well as other green resources in and around urban areas, such as woodlands, public and private urban parks and gardens, urban nature areas, street tree and square plantations, botanical gardens and cemeteries.

International Additional Resources

Urban Forestry Diversity Guidelines (City of Melbourne)

By ASPECT Studios and Tree Logic. Vic – 2011

The Urban Forest Diversity Guidelines is a subsidiary document to the City of Melbourne Urban Forest Strategy. The guidelines are intended to inform the Tree Precinct Plans that in turn will determine locations for street tree plantings. Park trees will be planted using existing Masterplans and site specific plans. In partnership with ASPECT Studios and Tree Logic.

Implementation tools State-specific

Valuing Green Guide

By City of Melbourne – 2019

This document is a summary of work by a team from Victoria University and the University of Melbourne who surveyed the economic benefits of green roofs, walls and façades in the research literature and industry reports.

Victoria Urban greening benefits

Vibrant Cities Lab: Toolkit

By Vibrant Cities Lab

The U.S. Forest Service step-by-step guide to implementing Urban Forestry in your community.

International Additional Resources

Victorian Biodiversity Atlas

By Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning – 2020

The VBA species observations are a foundation dataset that feeds into some of the many biodiversity tools used in DELWP’s everyday decision making - showing where wildlife is now and how this has changed over time. You can use the atlas to search and map species from across the state, check for threatened species in your area.

Victoria State-specific Reporting, Measurement & Tracking
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