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FOREST FOR THE TREES
Cultivart landscape designer and author Janine Mendel
discusses why trees not only beautify, they
can add value to your property too.
Statistics worldwide indicate that a ca red for, well-tre ed city
or subur b is be neficial. Our gove rnme nt ’s own re sea rch
sh ows the de sign of urba n e nvironment s c an contribute
to the health and wellbeing of communities by supporting
ac tive living and oppor tu nities for social intera ction, an d
the re is grow ing evide nce a tt ra c tive, we ll-designed public
open spa ce red uces me ntal fatigue a nd stres s. Trees mix
sus taina bility a nd bea uty, prov iding sh ade, su ppor ting
biodive rsity, retu rning ox yge n to the atmosphe re, siphoning
polluta nts from the air, a nd seque ster ing a nd stor ing ca rbon.
We ask the experts to fill us in on growing trends
and how to get spectacular Spring gardens
Despite making positive statements about the value
of existing trees, many local councils have policies that
facilitate the unnecessary removal of valuable specimens,
often with the strident opposition of local residents.
In WA in particular, it seems that the State Government
and city councils in general don’t recognise that our trees
are major urban assets. In a time of climate change, in a
windy city such as Perth, with its extremes of temperature,
the value of trees cannot be overstated. The shade
provided by trees can drop temperatures by up to eight
degrees, which in turn can reduce wind speeds and air-
condition er us e substantially. Rese arc h indicate s that tree s
not only beautify an area but substantially increase property
values – in fact a commercial building with a substantial
tree in front may command more rent and enjoy increased
business compared to its treeless counterpart.
It is of concern that urban renewal and development
will see the economic, social and environmental benefits
of established trees completely overlooked by developers
striving to maximise profit at the expense of the long-term
sustainability and liveability of our city.
Urba n S anc tuar y: Designing Small Australia n Ga rde ns, by
Janine Mendel, H ardie G rant, $59.95 .
Esther Ngang, executive director
at the Landscape Ind ustries
Association of WA (LIAWA) tells
us about the rock-solid tre nds
STONE | We are seeing more ston e
around town – both in public open
spaces an d residential pro jects.
This is a result of available materials
an d skills, i ncluding natural sto ne
placements an d n atu ra l ston ewo rk
o n bou ndar y walls, external cladding
and feature walls. I like Boral
Cultured Stone, Country Earth’s
stone and stone from Eco Outdoor.
ZEN ROCKS | Rock placements
in the Zen style are popular this
year. Our one and only Zen
garden specialist, Eiji Morozumi
of Japanese Landscaping, is
decades ahead in rock placements
and leaving ro ck s unear thed onsite
– o ne of the basic practices in
Japanese landscape concepts.
NATURAL LOOK | This is
definitely ‘in’ around the world as
the trend for natural stonework from
Europe is finally filtering into WA.
We are seeing so me ‘o utside the
box’ concepts that would be funky
additio ns to the average backyard,
and best of all do not have to cost
an arm and a leg. Natural rocks/
boulders that are flat on the top for
seating are popular, as are bo ulder/
ro ck selectio ns.
La nd scape Industries A ssociation of
WA, landscap ewa .com.a u .
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