By Alison Hewitt
Sunshine Coast Council is participating in three levels of a broader national experiment investigating the co-benefits of real-world plantings of tree-only versus shrub-only versus combined tree and shrub plantings.
The Sunshine Coast with its humid subtropical climate will yield valuable data as the plantings mature and are tracked for growth, health, biodiversity indices, and cooling effects. Researchers are particularly excited to have a set up providing unique insights to the performance and benefits of co-plantings (trees and shrubs together) in urban settings.
"Sunshine Coast Council is leading the way in Queensland with the first of many planned setups around the state," says Which Plant Where Lead Researcher Dr Paul Rymer.
Together with results overall from the Which Plant Where project the Living Lab plantings will assist in the development of a species selector tool that will benefit urban planners and councils across Australia.