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The Woollahra Local Government Area has a rich heritage of trees planted since the early development of the area. Woollahra also contains significant remnants of original trees, bushland and threatened plant species. Trees provide a backdrop to the diversity and history that make the area such a desirable place to live and work.

Trees benefit Woollahra’s urban environment in many ways.

Aesthetic benefits

  • trees create a ‘sense of place’ and provide a distinctive character to an area
  • trees can visually soften hard surfacing of the built environment and screen undesirable sights
  • trees help create social wellbeing through seasonal variations of foliage colour and floral displays
  • trees reflect cultural preferences and particular architectural and historical periods of an areas development.

Environmental benefits

  • trees provide habitat for birds, possums, insects and other native animals
  • trees help absorb water and reduce the volume of water run-off entering the Harbour
  • trees reduce ultra-violet radiation and reduce heat energy absorption from surfaces such as bitumen or concrete areas
  • trees absorb carbon dioxide, entrap airborne pollutants and return oxygen back to the atmosphere
  • trees provide shade to residents and pedestrian using public footpaths.

Financial benefits

  • trees can keep summer temperatures lower and reduce the need for energy consuming air conditioners
  • tree-lined streets and well maintained gardens with trees enhances economic land value
  • ‘leafy suburbs’ are recognised as maintaining higher land value than those areas without trees.