Urban greening includes numerous forms of green cover, such as trees, shrubs and grass. It plays an important role in community health, ecosystem function and economic activity. The amount of urban greening is at risk of decline, mainly due to population growth, changing housing trends and infill development, and the effects of climate change.
The City of West Torrens analysed land cover across the council area to better understand the amount and types of green cover (trees, shrubs and grass/bare earth) versus hard surfaces, changes experienced over time, and opportunities to protect and increase plantings. The study provides useful baseline information that can be used to measure changes in green cover and hard surfaces over time.
Council acknowledges the important role urban vegetation plays in providing a mix of important social, economic and environmental benefits for the community. It continues to seek opportunities to add more greening and undergo other initiatives aimed at shading and cooling West Torrens. These are outlined in the report entitled Actions to Improve Green Cover.
Analysis of Green Cover document