Water sensitive urban design helps us to provide reliable sources of alternative water for our trees and parks, reducing our reliance on drinking water and create a more resilient urban forest.
Melbourne’s urban forest is made up of trees, parks and plants that all work to keep our city cool and our waterways clean. Providing a sustainable source of water to keep our urban forest healthy is a key driver in many of our projects. These projects show some of the ways we combine green infrastructure and water capture.
Burston Reserve Passive Irrigation
Passive irrigation in this park will make the trees more resilient in a changing climate.
La Trobe Street green bicycle lane
The La Trobe Street bicycle lane is an innovative project that combines water capture, urban greening and bicycle safety in a busy urban street.
Godfrey Street greening
On hot days, Melbourne’s urban area can be up to four degrees hotter than surrounding areas, as a result of the urban heat island effect.
Gipps Street median
An innovative centre median design incorporates passive irrigation for new trees.
Green facade at Fitzroy Gardens visitor centre
This green facade made of climbing plants helps to cool the building and blend it into the heritage garden surrounds.
Flinders Street Tree Replacement - soak wells and soil volume
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- Water harvesting