A Growing the Seeds
Tour has been organised at the national level to tackle the problem of
Australia’s declining urban green spaces.
The national tour is
heading to major cities across Australia to crowdsource for the first time,
expert solutions to reverse this trend and increase urban green space.
The announcement of
the tour by the 202020 Vision coincides with the publication of a report in
Environmental Pollution by CSIRO Ecosystems Sciences that indicated how doubling
of green spaces in cities could cut heat wave related deaths in the elderly by nearly
Funded by 202020
Vision partners, Horticulture Australia and the Nursery and Garden Industry
Australia (NGIA), the report is focussed on Melbourne but the insights hold
relevance for many major Australian cities. As Australia heads towards one of
the hottest summers on record, most cities will be grappling with the consequences
of the urban heat island effect, says Robert Prince, Chief Executive Officer,
Climate, health and
productivity in relation to urban green space will be addressed by Growing the
Seeds Tour to uncover solutions and pathways to how these issues can be
overcome by 2020. The tour will work with some of Australia's well-known
experts and leaders in urban green space from all levels of government,
business, academic and not-for-profit sectors.
Prince explains that
encouraging a solutions-orientated discussion between these sectors is a major objective
of the tour, along with demonstrating that a national action plan can take the
country into the next decade even though there are variations across every
state and territory.
The 202020 Vision
report, Where Are All The Trees, based on research conducted by University of
Technology, Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures, highlights these
geographical variations, and how major cities are grappling with urban green
The report analysed tree
canopy cover in 139 of the most urban, dense, local government areas, showing a
range of complexities in the benchmark study while also highlighting various solutions
that could be shared between regions.
tour facilitators include Dr Jenni Garden, Griffith University; Mr Stuart Pope,
Senior Urban Designer City Design & Transport from Adelaide City Council; Dr
Sheryn Pitman, Green Infrastructure & Sustainable Landscapes Project
Officer, Botanic Gardens of South Australia; Ms Sky Allen, Planning Reform
& Projects Directorate, Department of Planning, Transport &
Infrastructure; and Mr Simon Divecha, University of Adelaide.
about the tour is available on 202020vision.com.au.