5Treasure The Natural Environment

Identify, protect and enhance prominent views, natural landscape features, indigenous ecosystems and habitats, and areas of ecological or biodiversity value. 

Implement weed and pest management measures and restoration planting schemes where appropriate. Incorporate interpretive signage to help people understand and value our special natural environments.​


Incorporate trees and vegetation

Planting provides visual amenity and is a key component of sustainability initiatives such as stormwater treatment. Large trees and mature vegetation are valuable features providing shade, shelterand buffers. Trees can also act as structuring elements to inform the overall site layout, with additional planting added to celebrate seasonal diversity, attract birds and insects and provide fresh produce for communities. If vegetation exists, and is not a pest species, it should be preserved wherever possible. However where no vegetation exists, designers should plan to incorporate it thoughtfully.

 

Successfully incorporate trees and vegetation by:

  • identifying healthy established trees and vegetation on site which can be retained, and using them as structuring elements when planning the overall layout. For example, trees and shrubs can create small outdoor rooms, areas of respite or areas that provide a wilderness experience. This will ensure they are protected and incorporated into the new design
  • minimising disturbance of existing vegetation, particularly the root zones of large trees
  • incorporating edible fruit trees in appropriate locations, to provide a food source for the community and incorporate education opportunities
  • using trees and shrubs in play spaces. Planting will provide added play value, including textural and sensory experiences, for children
  • protecting neighbours' visual connections to the park, and preventing over shading which may prompt tree removal in the future.