Yarra’s streets can be better for trees if we re-allocate space from on-street parking to placemaking and tree planting:

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Benefits

Trees offer many benefits:

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Making space for trees

Wider footpaths can host larger numbers of people walking as well as space for trees and seating.

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Example – shopping street

Typical 20-metre wide tram-based shopping streets, such as Swan Street or Brunswick Street, can have 6.4m wide footpaths that offer space for walking, trees and cycling.

20-metre wide tram-based shopping street. Image credit: Streets Alive Yarra and StreetMix.

Example – access street

Typical 15-metre wide access streets, such as Cremorne Street, can have trees on opposite the side to the overhead power lines, enabling trees to grow to their full height.

15-metre wide access street. Trees on one side and power poles on the other. Image credit: Streets Alive Yarra and StreetMix.

Guidance from Strong Towns

Strong Towns has described the magic of tree lined streets:

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Support from Council

The City of Yarra has adopted an Urban Forest Strategy:

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Streets Alive Yarra supports the vision, objectives and targets of the strategy; and even better would be a higher target based on a commitment to reallocate space away from on-street parking.

Support from Resilient Melbourne

Resilient Melbourne and The Nature Conservancy have published Living Melbourne: Our metropolitan urban forest strategy:

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Design guides

Learn more from this collection of design guides, including the Adelaide Design Manual Section 05 on Greening:

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