Governments at all levels invest a lot in greening our suburbs, and the recent update of the 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide sets clear targets for urban green cover to increase by 20% by 2045.
Yet, in a recent report “Where should all the trees go? Investigating the impact of tree canopy cover on socio- economic status and wellbeing in LGA’s” shows that the greening efforts of most of our metropolitan local governments are actually going backwards, with Adelaide councils Playford and Charles Sturt being the worst for SA.
This is a puzzle, as greening has clear environmental and economic benefits.
A team from RMIT, CSIRO and UWA has set about examining the trends, and explaining the decline.
Read the article here – We’re investing heavily in urban greening, so how are our cities doing?