Creating a 'greener' city

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Getting the City of Adelaide ‘climate ready’ – Join the conversation!

What is our goal?

The City of Adelaide is working towards becoming 'climate ready' which means being prepared for climate change.

Why is this our goal?

Climate change will bring changes to temperature and rainfall. For our region this means;

  • hotter days and nights in all seasons
  • more frequent and longer lasting heat waves
  • less rainfall overall, but more intense when it does rain

As a built-up urban city, we also experience the “urban heat island effect”, which will be intensified by climate change.

What are we doing to meet this goal?

To be prepared for these changes we are increasing street tree canopies and green infrastructure in city hot spots and public spaces to cool the city.

We have typically been planting approximately 300 trees each year (around 100 of these being replacement plantings) and have recently committed to spend $1M annually, on greening, especially trees, to continue these efforts.

However, planting trees can be challenging in some streets due to narrow footpaths, car parking needs, awnings and verandas, and especially underground utilities, such as water, power and sewerage, often located under verges.

To address these challenges, we are trialling a range of structures that could be used to provide greening and cooling in our city, for use in locations where trees are not possible. These include unique trellis shapes, green walls, planter boxes, arbours and green screens.

Installation of 'green infrastructure' at the corner of Halifax and Hutt St.

We have installed two 'green' structures at the corner of Halifax Street and Hutt Street, which contributes to an objective in the Draft Hutt Street Master Plan: Enhance amenity, green spaces and connection to the Park Lands. The green structures installed are a lightweight tree canopy-shaped trellis in a round planter base. They are 3m tall, and 5m wide at the top, and have been planted with chocolate vine (Akebia quinata), which should fill each trellis over the next 2 years.

You can let us know what you think about our green infrastructure by clicking on the image below!

Provide your thoughts here


Getting the City of Adelaide ‘climate ready’ – Join the conversation!

What is our goal?

The City of Adelaide is working towards becoming 'climate ready' which means being prepared for climate change.

Why is this our goal?

Climate change will bring changes to temperature and rainfall. For our region this means;

  • hotter days and nights in all seasons
  • more frequent and longer lasting heat waves
  • less rainfall overall, but more intense when it does rain

As a built-up urban city, we also experience the “urban heat island effect”, which will be intensified by climate change.

What are we doing to meet this goal?

To be prepared for these changes we are increasing street tree canopies and green infrastructure in city hot spots and public spaces to cool the city.

We have typically been planting approximately 300 trees each year (around 100 of these being replacement plantings) and have recently committed to spend $1M annually, on greening, especially trees, to continue these efforts.

However, planting trees can be challenging in some streets due to narrow footpaths, car parking needs, awnings and verandas, and especially underground utilities, such as water, power and sewerage, often located under verges.

To address these challenges, we are trialling a range of structures that could be used to provide greening and cooling in our city, for use in locations where trees are not possible. These include unique trellis shapes, green walls, planter boxes, arbours and green screens.

Installation of 'green infrastructure' at the corner of Halifax and Hutt St.

We have installed two 'green' structures at the corner of Halifax Street and Hutt Street, which contributes to an objective in the Draft Hutt Street Master Plan: Enhance amenity, green spaces and connection to the Park Lands. The green structures installed are a lightweight tree canopy-shaped trellis in a round planter base. They are 3m tall, and 5m wide at the top, and have been planted with chocolate vine (Akebia quinata), which should fill each trellis over the next 2 years.

You can let us know what you think about our green infrastructure by clicking on the image below!

Provide your thoughts here


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