How best to approach street tree species trials?

Climate change and increasing temperatures pose a major challenge for green spaces in our urban landscapes. Developing diversity is important for the palette of trees species available to our growers and practitioners alike, as they seek species that are robust enough to not only survive, but thrive in our cities.

Lab-based research can accelerate our learnings, but field trials in the real world context of street tree plantings can reveal another level of knowledge, particularly for opportunity species.

Which Plant Where and TREENET are developing a Practice Note to illustrate a consistent “How to ….” approach for undertaking street tree species trials.

Leigh Staas

Leigh is the Associate Director for Engagement & Research Partnerships at Macquarie University’s Centre for Smart Green Cities, she uses her scientific background and stakeholder engagement skills to develop user-centred research projects that will create smarter, greener and liveable cities.

For more than 10 years, Leigh has worked extensively between academia, local and state government and industry. She is an expert in developing and leading multidisciplinary research projects that solve real-world problems, particularly in the area of green infrastructure, climate change adaptation, biodiversity and smart technology.

Leigh is the Program Manager for the Which Plant Where project, a collaboration between Macquarie University, Western Sydney University, the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and Hort Innovation. This national five year program is aligning science with industry experience to develop an online tool that will identify species that will be resilient to climate change and therefore future proof our urban landscapes.