Growers wanted to help decide Which Plant, Where

green-citiesThe nursery industry is being urged to get involved in research project which will deliver an online database to help councils and developers choose the best plants for their location, looking long-term in the face of a changing climate.

Although the project Which plant, where, when database for growing urban space (GC15002) is not directly funded by the nursery industry levy, growers are an integral part of this project and are needed for an Advisory Group, and to provide input at workshops to help set the direction of the project.

The five-year project comes under Horticulture Innovation Australia’s Green Cities co-investment fund, and will help to build capacity and facilitate the 202020 Vision goal of increasing urban green space.

The online interactive database will map the distribution of suitable habitats for various plant species across Australia. It will be publically available, for use by a wide range of stakeholders from nursery and turf growers to developers, landscape planners and designers, councils, and individuals.

Users will be able to select from a range of filters to choose the right species of plants for various urban areas, such as street plantings, housing developments and open spaces.

It will also include information on other aspects of the plants, such as their assistance with heat mitigation, and ecosystem benefits such as pollination and improvements to soil quality.

Two stakeholder workshops have been scheduled for February, the first in Brisbane on Monday 20 February, then in Adelaide on Tuesday 28 February.

Local growers are invited to attend the workshop and share their industry knowledge with a consortium of researchers and other key industry stakeholders.

There are also six grower places on the Advisory Group, with representatives needed from NSW, QLD, VIC, SA or WA to give feedback, guidance and recommendations to the project, based on their expertise and experience.

Growers who want to be involved are encouraged to nominate themselves through the Expression of Interest process by no later than Friday 24 February.

This national project will be delivered as a collaborative effort between Macquarie University and Western Sydney University and will engage with the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage, Horticultural Innovation Australia and 202020 Vision as well as industry and key stakeholders.

For more information contact Project Leader Leigh Staas: leigh.staas@mq.edu.au

Project Code: GC15002

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