Expressions of Interest (EOI) are invited from organisations wishing to partner with TREENET in preparations for the delivery of a proposed national research project.
TREENET is seeking to refine the scope and methodology of the project, develop cost estimates, source funding opportunities and engage with key stakeholder groups in order to progress best practice in designing and maintaining engineered spaces for tree growth in paved areas in Australian cities.
Interest is therefore sought, at this stage, from research organisations, industry associations, product manufacturers/distributors, product user groups (eg. local government, landscape architects, urban designers, construction companies) and potential trial site stakeholders.
Urban trees and tree canopy cover are increasingly recognised as essential components of the cities and neighbourhoods where more than 90% of Australia’s forecast population of 35 million will live by 2050. International research and practice, to date, has responded to the challenge of sustaining multi-functional, large, long lived trees within compact forms of development, amongst paved plazas, and alongside roads and streets.
A range of techniques have been advanced that are capable of delivering adequate quality and quantity of space for tree root growth while maintaining pavement functionality; including structural soil, soil filled load bearing cells, suspended slab pavement along with permeable pavements.
Applications of these engineered surface and subsurface tree spaces in Australian cities has occurred over the last 20 years, yet has been limited, rarely monitored and often perceived by developers, infrastructure authorities and local governments as a high cost, high risk approach.
Yet these same stakeholders are increasingly attentive to the opportunities that green infrastructure components offer to community health and well-being, tourism, business vitality, property value improvement, place making, buffering urban microclimate, managing local stormwater, air quality improvement, and so much more.
This study proposes a range of monitored, long term trials in Australian cities to advance best practices and build knowledge sharing. Complementary qualitative research is also proposed to explore the barriers to implementation and to collate the learnings from existing installations of surface and subsurface tree spaces.
EOI Close by Friday 6th October 2017
For more information – https://www.treenet.org/resources/national-treenet-trial-proposal/