Not in my Park. Community Opposition to the Enhancement of Urban Biodiversity: a case study of Heywood Park

R. Gregory


Heywood Park in Unley is home to the last remnant stand of Grey box trees on the Adelaide Plains. Due to current management practices many of these eucalypts are showing signs of stress. A plan by Unley City Council to implement understorey plantings in an effort to minimise the stress was met with staunch community opposition. This paper provides an overview of the Heywood Park debate and identifies the major reasons of opposition. The paper also investigates the wider community’s perception of native vegetation and the ways this may have influenced the opposition to the enhancement of biodiversity in Heywood Park.


Heywood Park; biodiversity; perceptions; community opposition

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