With the current trend of building large houses on small lots with smaller backyards, it is essential that we understand the important role trees play in the urban environment.
Trees help to filter water, combat salinity, provide clean air and shade from the sun and increase flows into local creeks and rivers. They also provide food and shelter to Australia’s unique wildlife and are an integral part of our bio diversity.
For some of Auburn’s resident, particularly some of those born overseas, the benefits of urban trees are not well understood or valued.
Trees can benefit the area in many ways.
- trees create a ‘sense of place’ and provide a distinctive character to an area
- trees can visually soften hard surfacing of the built environment and screen undesirable sights
- trees help create social wellbeing through seasonal variations of foliage colour and floral displays
- trees reflect cultural preferences and particular architectural and historical periods of an areas development
- trees provide habitat for birds, possums, insects and other native animals
- trees help absorb water and reduce the volume of water run-off entering the Parramatta River
- trees reduce ultra-violet radiation and reduce heat energy absorption from surfaces such as bitumen or concrete areas
- trees absorb carbon dioxide, entrap airborne pollutants and return oxygen back to the atmosphere
- trees provide shade to residents and pedestrian using public footpaths as well as cars parked in the street
- trees can keep summer temperatures lower and reduce the need for energy consuming air conditioners. This also saves money
- tree-lined streets and well maintained gardens with trees enhance economic land value. In other words our houses are worth more money
- ‘leafy suburbs’ are recognised as maintaining higher land value than those areas without trees