Welcome to The Right Trees for Changing Climate Database

This website helps you decide what trees are suitable to plant in urban areas in face of a changing climate. It's intended for use by planners, landscape designers, developers, ecologists and other professionals, but should always be used in conjunction with sound advice from a qualified arboriculturist. If you are an amateur gardener or an interested member of the general public please click here.

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Climate Change

Climate change is the most pressing environmental, social and economic problem facing the planet. The consequences of climate change are global, long-term and in some cases, already irreversible. Government recognises the current and future challenges involved in management of the urban forest and is committed to protecting the nation’s trees and woodlands from increasing threats such as pests, diseases and climate change.

Biosecurity and Resilience

Climate change will bring with it new challenges in the form of an increase in pests and diseases that have the potential to damage and degrade the urban forest. Tree selection and management strategies will need to adapt to accommodate new biosecurity threats; increasing resilience to these threats will be essential to secure the urban forest’s contribution to economic growth, improving people’s lives and enhancing nature.