Nursery Paper February 2018

Where should all the trees go?

The nursery industry has a goal of 20 per cent tree canopy cover for Australia’s urban environments by 2020. To help achieve this, being able to measure the amount of canopy cover that currently exists and the best ways to manage and increase it is an important tool. The 2014 report Where are all the trees? created Australia’s first national baseline measurement of tree canopy cover in 139 local government areas (LGAs). This Nursery Paper explores a follow-up project Where should all the trees go? Investigating the impact of tree canopy cover on socioeconomic status and wellbeing in LGA’s (NY16005), which aimed to correlate the amount of tree cover with social, economic and health outcomes for urban residents.