To stay cool in a hotter, drier future climate, we’re going to need a lot more shade from trees that can take the heat. Right now, many towns in our region are vulnerable to increasing daytime heat due to low levels of tree canopy cover in their streets, parks and gardens.
Luckily, the great greening has begun, thanks to the Cool It project, which has planted several hundred climate-resilient trees in the most heat-vulnerable streetscapes in towns throughout the Mallee, Central Highlands and Loddon-Campaspe.
The project – delivered by Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance in partnership with local councils – has also completed heat vulnerability maps for Hepburn, Macedon and Mount Alexander shires to inform future tree planting projects, and a recommended tree-planting guide featuring 100 climate-resilient species. Historically, streetscapes and parks have been designed largely based on aesthetics and amenity. This project has helped councils understand the critical link between climate change adaptation and their tree assets.