We’re shading, cooling and greening Jacana Wetlands to make them enjoyable for more days of the year, enhancing amenity for the local community as part of our Urban Cooling Program.
Why this is important
Tree canopy creates shade from the summer sun, improving the comfort of cyclist and pedestrians. When it is warm and sunny, tree shade alone can make it feel 10 degrees cooler.
By creating tree canopy over a walking and cycling trail, this project is:
- enabling the trail to be enjoyed for more days of the year
- improving access for recreation
- improving community health and wellbeing.
What this project involved
We collaborated with the Friends of Moonee Ponds Creek to select trees and garden bed species that will enhance the natural biodiversity of the area. In mid-2018 we planted:
- 170 native trees (Red Gums) to create shade for walkers and joggers along trails
- 12,500 native shrubs to create understory garden beds between the path and wetland, reducing dog access to important frog habitat
This project is supported by Hume City Council, and forms part of our Urban Cooling Program – which aims to transform 30 hectares of public land with shade and cooling by 2021.
About our Urban Cooling Program
We’re working with stakeholders and the community to transform public land across Melbourne, creating greener and cooler spaces that can be enjoyed for more days of the year.
This can be done by planting trees and vegetation for shade, and providing water to improve vegetation health and evapotranspiration – or both. Vegetation and water used to cool green space can also:
- provide habitat
- improve amenity
- help manage stormwater flows into waterways.
In 2018 we delivered 24 hectares of shade at Jacana and Edithvale wetlands. We plan to deliver a further six hectares in public places across Melbourne by 2021.
Learn more about why we’re giving Melbourne shade.