Call to build huge roof garden over railyards (Google / The Age)

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Call to build huge roof garden over railyards

  • Denise Gadd
  • February 17, 2009

THE railyards at Jolimont should be built over and turned into a huge roof garden for the sake of Melbourne’s collective well-being, a major gardening figure has argued. Robert Prince, chief executive of the Nursery and Garden Industry Association, said ahead of a national symposium being held in Canberra today that recognising the value of trees in urban landscapes was paramount to the health and liveability of cities.

“In New York they’ve valued the trees as assets. They’ve worked out the value of the carbon sequestration and emission reduction, so there’s money available for the council to sell that to the power generators so they can get money to maintain and plant more trees,” he said. In Chicago, he added, railway lines had been covered and a roof garden planted. “If we did that here at Jolimont across to the tennis centre and the MCG that’d be one huge roof garden, which would be of great economic value and provide more green space for within Melbourne,” he said.


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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.