Street trees are on the front line of urban forest service delivery, supporting neighbourhood character, human health, waterway health, biodiversity, tourism and business vitality. In order to deliver these benefits, street tree populations must be both diverse and well suited to the local conditions. Currently, urban ecosystems are experiencing unprecedented levels of warming and shifts in rainfall patterns due to climate change, which means tree species selections that have succeeded in the past may fail to do so in the future. Therefore, it is vital that a range of climate ready tree species are identified to ensure the resilience of urban environments to climate change. This can be achieved through street tree trials.

As part of TREENETs long term promotion of street tree species trial research, we are proud to promote the use of the newly released “How to” guide for street tree species trials, developed in collaboration with the national Which Plant Where project. Version 1 of the Guide provides an easy-to-follow, step-by-step plan to designing, implementing and monitoring scientifically rigorous trials of street tree species in an urban context. TREENET is also supporting partnerships between local government and nurseries in growing lesser known species for trials and sharing of trial results.