Journal article

From little things: More than a third of public green space is road verge

Adrian J Marshall, Margaret J Grose, Nicholas SG Williams

Urban Forestry and Urban Greening | Elsevier | Published : 2019


Road easements are ubiquitous in urban landscapes but the green space they provide has been largely ignored, even though it represents a significant proportion of total urban green space. In this study, the extent and spatial distribution of green space within road easements are compared with private residential gardens and other public green space in Melbourne, Australia. Ground-surface permeability to water data and aerial photography were used to identify and quantify the extent of green space within 47 randomly selected neighbourhoods. Road easement green space constituted 7.0% of land cover and a surprisingly high 36.7% of public green space. The percentage of the road easement that was..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Adrian Marshall was funded by a Federal Government Australian Postgraduate Award. This work would not have been possible without the generous sharing of data by Melbourne Water and the University of Melbourne's Waterway Ecosystem Research Group. Thanks to Steve Livesley for reading a draft of the manuscript. Sue Finch, of the University of Melbourne's Statistical Consulting Centre, provided invaluable support. Additional financing for statistical support was provided by the Melbourne School of Design.