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 involves
This project is part of Melbourne Water’s Urban Cooling Program, working with councils and community groups paths and trails into cooler and enjoyable community spaces.
Planting 100 red gum trees along both sides of the Merri Creek Trail, as well as 1,700 native shrubs and grasses to create some understory garden beds.
This project will enhance amenity and public use of the shared path through Galada Tamboore, while protecting remnant grassland vegetation and biodiversity values within the reserve. Tree canopy will create shade to improve the comfort of cyclists and pedestrians by protecting them from summer sun.
We thank the Merri Creek Management Committee and Hume City Council for their feedback and input into the project.
About our 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:
help manage stormwater flows into waterways.
To date as part of the Urban Cooling Program we delivered 30 hectares of shade and cooling at Jacana Wetlands, Edithvale Wetlands and along the Maribyrnong River in Footscray.