Image: Guerilla garden of edible plants on the nature strip of a house in North Melbourne. (Supplied/ABC)


Radio National’s Life Matters features one of the main speakers from our Rethinking the Urban Forest conference – Dr Marco Amati, an environmental scientist and Associate Professor of International Planning at RMIT’s Centre for Urban Research.

The program investigates how green spaces can be increased in urban environments. And expands its on-air conversation with Dr Amati to include urban food gardener Karen Sutherland and town planner Greg Smith, who are both guerilla gardeners.

According to Life Matters, “the City of Melbourne and the South Australian Government have recently announced new funds to encourage the planting of more trees in urban areas to mitigate the impacts of climate change. But a recent study shows that there has been a significant loss of green spaces in urban areas since 2013.”

Life Matters asks “So what else can increase the amount of green space in cities? And what role does planting trees in your neighbourhood, with or without council approval, play?” Listen here to the conversation.