We share the 202020 Vision!!

"The 202020 Vision is one big collaboration to make our urban areas 20% greener by 2020".

Trees and plants are good for our health and productivity, keep cities cool and reduce pollution. People even heal faster when they’re around them. Yet, so often, plants and trees are overlooked when plans are drawn and concrete poured.

Seven great reasons why we should plant more trees

  1. Based on the CBD LGA areas, our Capital Cities’ urban tree canopy is ranked as follows: Hobart (59%), Brisbane (49%), Darwin (28%), Perth (26%), Adelaide (20%), Sydney (15%) and Melbourne (13%).
  2. The annual mean air temperature of a city with 1 million people or more can be 1–3°C warmer than its surrounding areas. In the evening, the difference can be as high as 12°C.
  3. Victorian research into urban forestry has found that large, healthy trees remove approximately 70 times more air pollution than small healthy trees.
  4. A single 30m tall mature tree can absorb as much as 22.7 kilograms of carbon dioxide in a year, which over its lifetime is approximately the same amount as would be produced by an average car being driven 41,500 kilometres.
  5. The same 30m tree could also produce 2,721 kilograms of oxygen in a year, which is enough to support at least two people.
  6. Thermal mapping in Melbourne shows that, on average, a 10% increase in urban green cover could reduce the daytime surface temperature in cities during heat waves by around 1°C.
  7. Most crime occurs in suburbs with lowest tree cover.

Speciality Trees is a proud partner in the 202020 Vision.



For more information on the 202020 Vision initiative, please click here.


1. Jacobs, B., Mikhailovich, N., and Moy, C. (2014) Benchmarking Australia’s Urban Tree Canopy: An i-Tree Assessment, prepared for Horticulture Australia Limited by the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney.
2. (United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) (2012). Heat island effect. Viewed 6 June 2014 <http://www.epa.gov/hiri/index.htm>)
3. (Nowak, USDA Forest Service, 2002, nrs.fs.fed.us/units/urban/local-resources/downloads/Tree_Air_Qual.pdf)
4. (http://landarchs.com/8-amazing-facts-trees-didnt-know/)
5. (http://landarchs.com/8-amazing-facts-trees-didnt-know/)
6. (Williams, N., Coutts, A. & Livesley, S. (2014). Our cities need more trees and water, not less, to stay liveable. Viewed 6 June 2014.)
7. (iTree results and SA gov Crime Mapper)


How does AS2303 affect your purchase?

For information on the newly released AS2303 click here. This document provides a handy guideline to buyers to assist them with the selection of well-grown, premium tree material. It encourages the buyer to understand the production methods adopted by the grower so there is no misconception about the quality of the tree being supplied into the landscape, its size and ability to perform once planted. 


Accreditation is very important to our business. Here's why.

If you are unsure about the importance of accreditation or unaware of the national guidelines currently in place that cover off on this important issue then this link is the place to start. For more information or to clarify on any of the points mentioned throughout, please contact us.

NIASA accreditation is given to those nurseries who continue to adopt nursery industry best practice in all areas of production. Speciality Trees has been NIASA accredited since 1997.

EcoHort certification focuses on environmental accountability and refers specifically to the way in which a business sustainably manages its inputs and outputs. Speciality Trees has been an EcoHort certified nursery since 2008.


Nursery Industry Accreditation Scheme Australia (NIASA)   EcoHort™ Certified  


Landscaping Victoria   Australian Institute of Landscape Designers & Managers (AILDM)   Nursery & Garden Industry Victoria (NGIV)   Australian Institute of Landscape Architects   Victorian Tree Industry Organisation   202020 Vision - 20% More Green Spaces in Urban Areas by 2020