Leafy Boroondara – Why the Area’s Green Cover Makes It So Liveable
Boroondara is famous for its leafy streets and lush public parks, and with good reason. A recent study from Greener Spaces Better Places found that the City of Boroondara had the highest amount of green cover when compared to other similar places across Australia.
There are many factors that can elevate an area’s ‘liveability’, whether it’s access to high quality schools, proximity to transport or the walkability of a suburb. One factor that contributes greatly to the liveability of an area is green cover.
Green cover refers to the trees and shrubbery that line the public areas of a suburb or local council. This is separate from green space, which includes parks and grassy recreational areas.
The reason green cover is so important is that it not only contributes to the aesthetic appeal of an area, but also makes the streets cooler and provides shade for pedestrians. Green cover can also attract wildlife into the area, which can also contribute positively to an area’s liveability.
Boroondara is famous for its leafy streets and lush public parks, and with good reason. A recent study from Greener Spaces Better Places found that the City of Boroondara had the highest amount of green cover when compared to other similar places across Australia. Green cover makes up 37 per cent of Boroondara, which has increased 3.7 per cent over the last four years. All green space, including parks, comprises 52.8 per cent of the area.
Green cover has always been an essential part of Boroondara’s appeal. The name ‘Boroondara’ comes from a Wurundjeri word meaning ‘where the ground is thickly shaded’, which inspired Robert Hoddle to give the area this name in 1837.
Since then, the area’s verdant character has been maintained and developed, with a 2017 City of Boroondara study finding that there are approximately 130,000 public trees in the area. There are approximately 323 species of tree in Boroondara, though 60 per cent of the street tree population is made up of ten species, and over a third of just three species: Pin Oaks, Queensland Brush Box and London Plane Trees.
Another way in which Boroondara’s green cover makes the area more liveable is in its positive impacts on the environment. Boroondara’s trees are estimated to remove over 13 tonnes of pollution from the area annually, as well as producing over 2,500 tonnes of oxygen. The level of shade they provide has additional environmental benefits, as making the area cooler means Boroondara residents use less energy on air conditioning and cooling their homes.
At Marshall White, we’ve always known that Boroondara is one of the most liveable places in Melbourne. Green cover is a key aspect of the area’s appeal, but it’s just the beginning of why residents love to call Boroondara home.
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