Urban Forest

They say that trees are the noblest works of nature. They are a huge factor in making our suburban environments better places to live in. There’s nothing quite as beautiful or desirable as a tree-lined street. Trees bring huge rewards to both wildlife and people. They are critical for maintaining a healthy liveable environment by producing oxygen, trapping airborne pollutants, absorbing carbon dioxide and reducing heat. They even raise property values.

The City of Burnside has developed a state-of-the-art website to educate people about the trees that grow in its public spaces. Called The Urban Forest Initiative it’s a first for South Australia and only one of a few in the world. By going to their website – you just click on a geo-location button and the tree you are looking at is identified. There is also a link to a Wikipedia page so you can learn more about it.

So far the council has recorded an impressive 40,000 trees but has many more to go. By keeping a record of the trees that grow there, they will also be able to protect them, by noticing any reductions in the tree canopy.

Even if you don’t live in Burnside – the website is great tool to identify a species you’re interested in and see if it’s right for your home. So grab your phone, get out there, and get planting!

The Food Forest

80 Clifford Road, Hillier

8522 645

Email: foodforest@bigpond.com