In 1988, the City of Melbourne had about 40,000 inhabitants and 20 per cent green cover. In 2009, this was measured again and it was determined that the city’s population had increased to 100,000 people with green coverage reduced to a mere 13.6 per cent, according to Gail Hall, a primary author on The Growing Green Guide.

This dramatic loss of green space is still having severe implications for Australia’s most liveable city. Hall notes that most of the lost green space was originally situated on private property. She adds that it’s critical that we look at ways to vegetate Melbourne’s built environment to combat the heat…