They say that trees are the noblest works of nature. They attract wildlife, raise property values, enhance air quality, and increase feelings of well-being. They also make our suburbs better places to live in. There’s nothing quite as beautiful or desirable as a tree-lined street.
To protect and educate people about trees in public spaces – the City of Burnside has developed a state-of-the-art website you can use on your computer or mobile device. Called The Urban Forest Initiative it’s a first for South Australia and only one of a few in the world.
By using Google Maps you just click on your location and the tree you are looking at is identified. It then lists all the ‘super-powers’ of that particular tree (like how much oxygen it produces) and there is a link to a Wikipedia page to learn more about it. So far the council has recorded an impressive 36,000 trees and has many more to go. Trees make people and animals more comfortable, relaxed and happier. With this app the council is ensuring that they continue to thrive not only for current generations – but future generations as well.
And, even if you don’t live in Burnside – it’s a great tool to identify a species you’re interested in for your home. So grab your phone, get out there, and get planting!