What is a green space?

Green spaces contribute to the urban forest. They are public open spaces that include parks, sports ovals, gardens, bush reserves and other vegetated areas. 

What is an urban forest?

The urban forest is made up of trees, shrubs, grasslands and other vegetation, growing on public and private land. This includes green space such parks, reserves and gardens. However, it also includes all of the vegetation in private gardens, along railways, waterways, main roads and local streets. The urban forest encompasses all types of vegetation and ecosystems, but among the most iconic elements are its trees and shrubs.

What are some examples of green space in Casey?

The Cranbourne Royal Botanic Garden: One of Casey's most celebrated green spaces, the Cranbourne Royal Botanic Garden is home to a diverse range of native and introduced plants, trees and animals. The garden is open to the public and hosts a range of events to educate and inform the community about the importance and wonder of nature.

Hallam Valley Trail: A 10km pedestrian and bike path that weaves its way through Hallam Creek Valley. There are several playgrounds along the track and the creek offers great opportunity for bird watching. 

Max Pawsey Recreation Reserve: Located in Narre Warren, the Max Pawsey Reserve offers open grassland to play sport and exercise, as well as playground facilities. 

Located in Doveton alongside Dandenong Creek, Myuna farm is a public farm where the community can experience hands on contact with farm animals and native wildlife. 

Casey Fields: Located in Cranbourne East, Casey Fields is a 70 hectare multi-complex sports facility and It's ovals are home to a wide range of sports clubs. These ovals are accompanied by playground facilities and a lake-side walking track.

Why is Monash University involved in this project?

Researchers at Monash University are interested in how community members interact with and perceive their local green space. Further, they want to know whether the way the community thinks about green space is based upon their location and proximity to green spaces. This information, alongside other research the university is conducting, will inform a framework that describes how council can identify priority areas for new green spaces. Identifying priority areas allows for the maximal benefits to be obtained from limited funding and resources.