Source: Channel 9 News (Twitter)
The Nearmap Artificial Intelligence (AI) team recently analysed tree canopy coverage in approximately 5,000 suburbs across Australia’s capital cities to reveal the nation’s greenest residential neighbourhoods. How green is your city?
Leafy subtropical Brisbane led the field, boasting the greenest populated suburbs of any Australian capital city. More than 79% of people in Greater Brisbane enjoy life in suburbs with total tree cover greater than 20%.1
If you have experienced the natural beauty of Tasmania, you won’t be surprised to learn that Hobart came a close second with 71% of its residents living in areas sheltered by more than 20% tree coverage.
Next on the list, 66% of residents in Darwin’s tropical climate live in suburbs with more than 20% tree coverage, followed by the ACT at 58%, and even a respectable 44% in the sprawling urban mass of Greater Sydney.
The team, led by Dr Michael Bewley, Senior Director of AI Systems at Nearmap, also revealed the leafiest residential areas across each capital city.
In Greater Brisbane, the residential suburbs enjoying the greatest tree cover on their residential areas (excluding parks, schools etc) include Sheldon (66% tree cover), Mount Crosby (60%), and Burbank (55%). In Greater Sydney, Warimoo (62%), Annangrove (56%) and Church Point (53%) topped the list of the greenest residential suburbs, while in Greater Melbourne, Olinda (71%), North Warrandyte (64%) and Mount Macedon (60%) feature as some of the leafiest locales. For more details, see how green your city is below.
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Dr Bryan Boruff, Environmental Geographer and Associate Professor in the University of Western Australia (UWA) School of Agriculture and Environment, who has also conducted research on vegetation and tree cover said: “Research shows the more greenery a residential area has, the better it is for the physical and mental health of the local community.”