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An Urban Greening Strategy for metropolitan Adelaide

Developing a strategy that brings together stakeholders and the community to make a practical plan to protect and enhance Adelaide's mature trees, green open spaces and urban biodiversity.

We are leading the creation of the first Urban Greening Strategy for metropolitan Adelaide. The strategy will bring together different sectors, knowledge and resources to accelerate the greening of our streets, open spaces and backyards.

The strategy will focus on increasing tree canopy cover, reducing hard surfaces, meeting the urban green cover target of the 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide and prioritising areas that are the most vulnerable to heat.

This will help deliver the government’s commitment to increase greening in our neighbourhoods, improve urban biodiversity and address the loss of mature trees.

We will collaborate and partner with all sectors who deliver, champion or influence urban greening outcomes, including other state government agencies, local government, industry peak bodies, research institutions, non-government organisations and Kaurna Miyurna (people).

A draft Urban Greening Strategy is expected to be ready by late 2022 for consultation with the wider metropolitan Adelaide community.

What’s happened so far?

A literature review, practitioner survey and early stakeholder engagement has been undertaken to better understand who is working on urban greening in metro Adelaide, what they are doing, the critical gaps and what kind of strategy would work best.

We are also building on recent consultation on this important topic, including the development of Green Adelaide's Regional Landscape Plan (PDF | 3.34 MB).

For further details, download the Stage 1: Scoping and Early Engagement Summary Report (PDF | 2.73 MB).

How to get involved?

For practitioners

The success of the Urban Greening Strategy relies upon coordinated cross-sector resourcing and collaboration.

There are many practitioners with a role in delivering, championing and influencing urban greening outcomes in metro Adelaide.

These practitioners work in a range of professions from arborists to engineers and designers to sustainability officers and planners, policy makers, and people looking after our local parks, plus more.

These practitioners also work across a range of different sectors such as state government, local government, industry bodies, research institutions and non-government organisations.

We will deliver targeted engagement activities with practitioners from across these different sectors between May and September 2022.

For community

A Community Focus Group will be held in late 2022 for the interested public to share their thoughts on key elements of the Urban Greening Strategy, and wider public consultation is expected in early 2023.

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Background

Green streets and other public spaces provide much more than a pleasant place to live. They also provide habitat for native animals, enhance biodiversity and improve people’s mental and physical health, as well as supporting an economically valuable ecosystem.

Urban green cover is declining in many neighbourhoods across metropolitan Adelaide. So, it is vital that tree cover and quality green spaces are increased to help maintain our city’s liveability and to enable our city to better adapt to a changing climate.

The development of Adelaide's first Urban Greening Strategy will be key to making this happen.

As well as preparing this strategy, we are working on a range of initiatives with partners to green our streets, open spaces and backyards, including:

Green wall

FAQs

1. What is urban greening?

Urban greening is the conservation, restoration or creation of green infrastructure, including trees and vegetation in and around urban areas that benefit people, nature and our economy, and the soils and water to support it.

Urban greening types include:

  • Private greening – residential front and backyards, commercial car parks, market gardens, green roofs, urban renewal projects.
  • Streetscapes and transport corridors – street trees, green walls, verges, rain gardens, swales, and major road, rail and tram.
  • Green and blue corridors – coastlines, lakes, rivers, creeks, natural and managed wetlands.
  • Urban parks – local parks, playgrounds, sportsgrounds, community gardens, conservation areas and forests.

2. What is an Urban Greening Strategy?

It’s a plan to identify the challenges and opportunities for enhancing Adelaide’s tree canopy and green spaces, and to detail a way forward to implement urban greening efforts.

It will focus on actions which address gaps that would benefit from multiple partners working together.

3. Why does Adelaide need an Urban Greening Strategy?

There are lots of individual commitments from all sectors to improve urban greening. However, there is no cohesive, overarching plan for metropolitan Adelaide.

We recognise the unique resources, knowledge and capabilities of different sectors. By partnering and creating a practical plan with shared action, Adelaide's first Urban Greening Strategy will bring these resources together to deliver a much greater impact than could be achieved individually.

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