By Alison Hewitt
The national Which Plant Where project is a collaboration that aims to quantify the climate tolerances and co-benefits of planting landscape species of shrubs and trees in our urban spaces and to assist in species selection for future urban settings.
The Living Lab tree plantings in Newcastle build on Newcastle’s solid work in the urban forest space since the adoption of council’s Urban Forest Policy in 2008.
"The data collected in Newcastle is assisting researchers to disentangle the factors at play in successful urban plantings," says Postdoctoral Researcher Dr Manuel Esperon-Rodriguez.
Newcastle’s Living Lab will be tracked over several years by researchers from Western Sydney University and Macquarie University and will add to the data already held in City of Newcastle’s comprehensive tree inventory database.