Environmental Defenders Office has contributed our law and policy reform expertise to a landmark report in an effort to reverse the alarming loss of Adelaide’s significant and mature trees.

The report, from the Conservation Council of South Australia, with input from several other organisations, captures the latest data from across Adelaide’s suburbs and highlights the dangers to wellbeing and the economy if the trend towards tree loss continues.

While councils and communities are working hard to plant new trees, there is not enough space on public land to replace what is being lost on private land. Despite state Government and local council targets for increased urban tree canopy, the research in this report indicates somewhere between a 1–6% reduction in tree canopy (depending on the area and the timeframe).

EDO is continuing to work with the conservation sector to advocate for changes to South Australia’s planning laws and other regulation affecting Adelaide’s tree canopy.