Like many of the parks in Marrickville LGA, the trees of Camperdown Memorial Park in Newtown are growing mostly around the perimeter.
Two weekends ago on Sunday 18th September, a large crowd gathered to participate in the No Coal Seam Gas Mining Rally. I watched with interest as the people chose to crowd together in the available shade under a few trees leaving large expanses of grass empty, except for people walking through. It was 11am, just 2 weeks into spring with the summer heat ahead of us.
People need shade. They need shade in parks, in playgrounds, on the streets & in shopping areas. As our seasons get hotter Council will need to reassess their approach to shade creation in public spaces. It will become harder to grow new trees & retain older trees unless their water needs are met.
Many cities in the US are already changing the species of trees they plant so they can have a decent & functioning urban forest by 2030. They are also changing how & where they plant public trees so as to provide the maximum benefit to both people & infrastructure as well as to ensure survival of their urban forest & the wildlife that relies on the urban forest for food & habitat.
It’s hard to ignore the need for shade when you watch a crowd in a public space on a sunny day.