Supporting Solution:

How to Green Your School Guide

An Urban Forest Plan for your School.

  • progress:

Launching mid 2017

Tour participants confirmed our suspicion that when plants and trees are incorporated into an institutional ‘plan’ from the get-go, the likelihood of getting roots into the soil is greatly increased. Time and again, the significance of education, primary through to tertiary, was underlined.


The Urban Forest Plan for your School is a collaborative effort between 202020 Vision and a school partner – like for example Nature Play or Cool Australia – to create a replicable plan for green space in schools that engages kids, teachers and more importantly, parents.


This solution builds on the success of Urban Forest Strategies operating at a council level, replicating key aspects on a smaller scale but within a similar institutional context.


  • May provide council with a means by which to better educate their communities, beginning with primary and high school aged children.
  • Has the potential to share some of the maintenance burden.
  • Creates more liveable and productive schools for students and staff.


Cool Australia, Natureplay


"Given Cool Australia’s regular engagement with more than 4,500 schools over the past six years, we welcome the opportunity to encourage council and schools to work together more effectively on creating excellent green space for schools. Both in the school grounds and in neighbouring areas. Kids really do better outside."

Jason Kimberley, Founder of Cool Australia, VIC.


Sheryn Pitman, GI Project, Botanical Gardens of South Australia, SA. Merilyn Kuchel, GI Project, Botanic Gardens SA. Tori Li, University of Melbourne, VIC. Sheryn Pitman, GI Project, SA. David Weisz, HIA, SA. Ella Gauci-Seddon, Outlines SA, VIC. Rachel Hornsby, City of Kingston, VIC. Jana Soderlund, CUSP, WA. Fran Thevessen, CultivArt, WA. Marina Grassecker, Harvest Seeds & Native Plants, NSW. Matt Jorgensen, Adelaide City Council, SA. Brigid Adams, DEPI, VIC. Chris Williams, PodPlants, NSW. Vanessa Trowel, AILA, NSW. Ella Gauci-Sedon, Landscape Architects, VIC. Leanne Gillies, Flemings Nurseries, VIC. Matthew Daniel, Tree Preservation Australia, VIC. Jennifer Witheridge, Swinburne University, VIC. Anna Von Puttkammer, Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale, WA. Esther Ngang, NGIWA, WA. Robert Prince, NGIA, NSW. Greg Priest, JBA, QLD. Esther Ngang, NGIWA, WA. Rob Didcoe, DSR, WA. Nano Langenheim, University of Melbourne, VIC. Emily Rigby, Cedar Hill, QLD. Clint Betts, STA Organisation, WA. Megan Flower, Landscaping Victoria, VIC. Jon Strachan, Freemantle, WA. Glenn Williams, TREENET, SA. Maggie Hine, Onkapringa, SA. Hamish Mitchell, Speciality Trees, VIC.