What's happening to Adelaide's trees?

Adelaide is losing its significant, regulated and mature trees at an alarming rate.

The evidence is clear: big trees improve our health and wellbeing, increase property values, and reduce the build-up and trapping of heat. They are arguably the single best infrastructure investment to prepare our streets and suburbs for a changing climate.

While Councils and communities are working hard to plant new trees, there is not enough available space on public land to replace what we are losing from people’s backyards. And it will take many years for a newly planted tree to provide similar benefits to one that is mature.

There is no city-wide, comprehensive data on the scale of the loss, but the research in this report indicates somewhere between a 1–6% reduction in tree canopy (depending on the area and the timeframe).

We need to act – and act quickly – before it’s too late.

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Major report: What's happening to Adelaide's trees?

What's happening to Adelaide's trees? (2020) is a major report prepared by community, non-profit and professional organisations concerned with what’s happening to our trees.

We hope Government and Council decision-makers will recognise the value of preserving big trees in Adelaide’s landscape and take all necessary steps the reverse this damaging trend.

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A Call to Action: Protecting Adelaide's tree canopy 

A Call to Action: Protecting Adelaide's tree canopy (2021) is a new action plan prepared by the coalition of groups and individuals who presented What's Happening to Adelaide's Trees in 2020.

A Call to Action outlines the top priorities, practical steps and expert recommendations for State Government and local councils to help turn around the devastating tree loss occurring around our city.

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I Speak for the Trees Snap Action on the steps of Parliament House

On Wednesday 14 October 2020 we held a snap action on the steps of Parliament House to shine a light on Adelaide’s broken big tree laws.

Read all about the event here.


2019 Tree Forum: What's Happening to Adelaide's Trees?

On Monday 11 November Conservation SA hosted a Public Forum: 'Who Speaks for the Trees' Forum. 

Around 150 passionate community members, politicians, policy-makers and members of the environment sector packed the Joinery to hear expert speakers on the planning and native vegetation rules that currently exist and how they could be improved.

Read all about the event here

Watch the live stream video on Facebook here

Download the presentation and live stream video here

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Contact Conservation SA on (08) 8223 5155, [email protected], or at our offices at the Joinery at 111 Franklin Street, Adelaide.

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