Our cities need more trees and green spaces

The natural beauty of Australia’s cities is world famous. Our outdoor life style is enviable. And our parks and trees are a valuable inheritance. But as the cities grow, developers are bulldozing the bush for housing and infrastructure, chainsawing city trees and grabbing green spaces - making the city less healthy and liveable.


Every week we are contacted by communities in shock over a plan to sell-off a much loved park, and urban tree canopies that are being cut down. So we decided to do something about it by launching the SOS Green Spaces campaign. We need more green space as the population grows, not less, yet every day we lose more trees and breathing spaces to a chaotic development juggernaut that prioritises roads over people.. The government doesn't seem to get it, but we are letting them know that you do. 

Change is happening!

TEC's community fight-back campaign is challenging the short term development trends threatening our cities.

To build a powerful network across the metropolitan region, we've created the SOS Green Spaces Map, which was featured in the Sydney Morning Herald.

It tracks threatened spaces in over 70 locations across Sydney with detailed information about local trees, native species, and resident action groups. Is your park or patch of bushland on it yet? Let us know.

The "war on trees" is continuing unabated under Premier Gladys Berejiklian. Help us keep building and updating the SOS Green Spaces Map here. It will ensure your community can connect to others by sharing a clear overview of the destruction taking place. Together we can build this network to protect remaining bushland, preserve and expand parks for family picnics and active sports, and create more shade for our streets to alleviate dangerous urban heat island impacts on our health and climate. 

Our community empowerment program began last year with suburban information sessions. This year our SOS Green Spaces Forum attracted over 100 representatives of local groups, and featured presentations by James Grant (Australian Institute of Landscape Architects), Jess Miller of 202020 Vision, and Emily Ryan of the NSW Environmental Defender's Office. These are full of useful stats and research you may want to share.


What You Can Do:


Supporting Info

Toolkit - How to defend your urban sanctuary?

Toolkit - How to defend your urban sanctuary?

It’s a busy life! How would you get through the day without your favourite urban sanctuary? Maybe it’s a park, or a special tree, a place to go for a...

Position statement on open space in Sydney

Position statement on open space in Sydney

The population of the Sydney Metropolitan Area is expected to swell to 6.2 million by 2036. Analysts believe the greatest growth will occur in the South West, North West and...

Connect with us: