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