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Trees are cool

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." - Chinese proverb

It's easy to take for granted how important trees are to our everyday lives.

When was the last time you stopped to really appreciate the look, feel and smell of a tree in your local area?

Trees provide many benefits for our environment, health, economy and the community.

See the trees in your street from above

Through a partnership between state and local governments, new information on tree canopy cover across Adelaide is now available through the Urban Heat and Tree Mapping Viewer.

Council is using the new tree canopy maps along with our existing urban heat maps to target areas for new tree planting e.g Greening Edwardstown.

Some key findings from the new tree canopy maps in the City of Marion include:

  • 43% of the total tree canopy in our council area falls on private land (mainly residential land)
  • 30% of the total tree canopy is managed by City of Marion
  • 27% of council reserve land is already covered by tree canopy
  • 12.5% of residential land is covered by tree canopy
  • In total, 15% of the land area of the City of Marion is covered by trees
  • In total, 24% of the area of metropolitan Adelaide is covered by trees

In Marion...

We want to see our streets and parks lined with healthy trees that are habitat for birds and wildlife.

By 2040 our tree canopy will increase by 20%.

We are planting 3,900 street trees each year and 2,000 reserve trees over the next 5 years.

Each year we plant 15,000 local native trees, shrubs and grasses in reserves to create habitat and cool our suburbs.

You can...

  • Plant appropriate tree species in your yard and encourage others to do the same
  • Look after existing trees by watering and monitoring
  • Talk with friends, family and neighbours and why trees in your neighbourhood are important to you
  • Join the Adopt a Tree program or a local environmental volunteer group