Trees add beauty to our city
Trees offer many benefits, such as cooling the city, cleaning our air and increasing property values.
The City of Yarra has adopted an Urban Forest Strategy, and has published guidelines on embedding green infrastructure. 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.
Making space for trees
We can add beauty to our city if we re-allocate space from on-street parking to placemaking and tree planting. Wider footpaths can host larger numbers of people walking as well as space for trees and seating.
Example – shopping street
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.
Support from Resilient Melbourne
Resilient Melbourne and The Nature Conservancy have published Living Melbourne: Our metropolitan urban forest strategy:
Learn more from this collection of design guides, including the Adelaide Design Manual Section 05 on Greening: