The Australian nursery industry is actively involved in research relating to the numerous environmental, aesthetic, cultural and economic benefits of the Australian urban forest.

  • In 2008, the industry released a report titled ‘The Green We Need’ which highlighted the importance of urban green space to our health and well-being.
  • The industry also hosted the Urban GreenScapes Symposium in Canberra on 17 February 2009 to highlight the benefits of the urban forest in terms of policy as a community asset in the health and well-being of the Australian population.
  • Small scale empirical studies are currently underway at The University of Melbourne to investigate the cooling effect of trees at a building scale. These studies have showed up to 36% temperature reductions, however studies are continuing to further validate this data.
  • The industry recently commissioned research through CSIRO to evaluate the influence of vegetation cover on temperatures in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne cities. The study will also investigate how urban forests can minimise heat stress and improve indoor and outdoor thermal comfort under current and future climate scenarios in these capital cities.
  • The industry has also commissioned a collaborative project through Macquarie University, Sydney and The University of Sydney to understanding the carbon and pollution mitigation potential of Australia’s urban forest.
  • During 2012, the industry is working on a small project at Griffith University, Queensland to evaluate the impact of the Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE) at a local level.

If you would like more information on this research and other projects currently underway, contact Nursery and Garden Industry Australia’s National Environmental and Technical Policy Manager, Dr Anthony Kachenko at