26 September 2023

New garden Guide to grow in the city

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The State Planning Commission, Green Adelaide and a number of other public service organisations have put their weight behind a new guide for home owners setting up their first gardens in the metropolitan area of Adelaide.

Entitled the Adelaide Garden Guide for New Homes, the new resource was developed by the Commission and Green Adelaide with assistance from Clover Green Space, covering small garden designs and planting ideas for PlanSA’s Planning and Design Code’s mandatory tree and landscaping requirements for new homes and renovations in the city.

According to the organisations involved in designing and promoting the Guide, its aim is to inspire people building new or extended homes to add more greenery and improve the liveability of Adelaide’s neighbourhoods.

They said the new Guide includes:

* Lists of the top 10 most appropriate small, medium and large tree options that can be planted in a small home garden;

* 3D visualisations and checklists to achieve home greening success;

* Case studies of common infill housing types plus how to meet the mandatory Planning and Design Code tree planting and landscaping policies; and

* Examples of different landscape garden palettes and small garden designs.

They said that in addition to the Guide, two significant reports about urban greening and tree regulations have also been published by the State Planning Commission.

Chair of the Commission, Craig Holden said the reports were published as part of the Commission’s Open Spaces and Trees Project.

“These reports provide the State Planning Commission with detailed data and evidence to help inform planning policy and any potential changes to tree regulations”, Mr Holden said.

In addition to the Guide and reports, an independent Arborist Review was undertaken by a consultant with input from Green Adelaide, the Department for Environment and Water and the State Herbarium and Botanic Gardens.

Further, a separate Research Report from the Environmental Institute of the University of Adelaide was also commissioned to analyse the State’s tree protections as compared to other Australian States and Territories, including the size of trees protected and the various exemptions which currently apply.

The 115-page Adelaide Garden Guide for New Homes can be accessed at this PS News link.

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