Blacktown Council; Fairfield City Council; NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
The benefits of trees are seemingly endless – they cool our neighbourhoods and homes, cut our heating and cooling bills, make us healthier and happier, clean our air and waterways, and provide food for our wildlife. They also add value to our homes, with research showing that properties in tree-lined streets are valued around 30% higher than those in streets without trees. Brisbane City Council estimates street trees contribute $1.67million in value to the city by improving air quality, capturing rain and reducing carbon.
But not everyone understands the significant value of trees, or wants them planted in their streets or outside their homes. Tree-planting can sometimes polarise communities and neighbours, sometimes resulting in trees being removed by residents and impacting local government financially through the loss of these important and expensive assets.
Cred is a leader in designing and delivering engagement and research with communities to understand attitudes and behaviours that will support councils, governments and private developers to plant more trees in streets and public spaces.
We have worked with many councils and the NSW Government to design engagement that is bespoke to local communities, to understand their perspectives around planting trees and other greening opportunities in parks, streets and backyards.
We have designed and delivered engagement for:
· Cool Streets Pilot Project (led by Gallagher Studio)
· Rosemeadow 5 Million Trees demonstration project – Watch a video of the first community event at Heydon Park here
· Fairfield Council Open Space Strategy engagement.