Urban trees and forests

Liveable Cities

Urban trees and forests

Increasing green infrastructure, particularly tree canopy cover, in urban areas is a globally recognised way to improve the liveability of cities for people, economies, the environment and biodiversity. It can also increase the resilience of cities to urban heat island effects and climate change impacts. Achieving an adequate increase presents a number of significant challenges for land managers and planners. From determining how much increase is enough, to prioritising where actions should occur, to justifying the business case for trees, to finding the required space in the face of competition from increasing urban development.

Edge has extensive experience in urban ecology and measuring and valuing green infrastructure. This includes the country’s leading practitioners in the i-Tree tools which provide a repeatable, statistically rigorous and readily applied approach to measuring and valuing the structure and function of urban forests and land cover.

Edge can support local and State governments, groups and organisations to better understand current and historical trends in green infrastructure assets, build the business-case for green infrastructure, develop strategies for future planning, and engage the community. We also provide services which spatially relate green infrastructure cover to other key urban dynamics, such as thermal hotspots and social vulnerability.

Our offering

  • Land cover analysis (past, present, future)
  • Ecosystem services quantification and valuation
  • Canopy mapping
  • Urban Forest strategies
  • Urban Greening strategies
  • Street Tree Planting strategies
  • Tree Planting PredictorTM (how many trees to plant and when to achieve cover targets)
  • Online tree interactives

Dr Jenni Garden

Senior Consultant

jenni.garden@edgeenvironment.com