Jason Summers

Jason Summers

Manager Parks, Hume City Council

With over 20 years local government experience in Parks Management and past board member for PLA Vic TAS and World Urban Parks Academy. With a background in Horticulture and Arboriculture and forestry and a interest in establishing large trees in the landscape to help cool cities.


Passive Irrigation of Landscape and Trees for growth and Urban Cooling

With drier conditions expected in the future we need to make better use of any rainfall by directing it towards landscape and trees to hold water in the environment and help with tree growth. Passive irrigation needs to be designed into landscape and involves thought around water flows drainage and systems to treat water and make it available for plant use. Examples of different approaches from around the world will be discussed and systems in Australia that are achieving amazing results in tree growth and cooling outcomes will be detailed. Having water held in the landscape can create cooler micro climates by allowing plants access to water in warmer conditions. Systems can be as simple as tilting a path slightly towards a tree swale to allow rainfall to be directed towards trees. It is important to ensure drainage is included into the design to ensure we don't drown trees and plants. Tree growth in systems in Broadmeadows are growing three times faster than trees simply planted in a park. Different approaches will be outlined and discussed in detail.

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What our Delegates are Saying

"I'm going to seek new ideas and learn from experience of other projects to constantly improve the way we manage our parks and open space . I'm looking forward to learning more around Parks & Open Space, Healthy Active Play and Trees and Gardens"

Jacqui, Manager City Reserves, City of Albany (WA)

"I love to listen, learn, share and spend time with likeminded and inspirational colleagues who are transforming the world park by park, facility by facility, program by program. I am looking forward to seeing Kia Dowell and Katie Sarah. I love being inspired and challenged to make a difference and grow as a leader and contributor to our industry".

Carly, Team Leader Recreation Planning, City of Casey (VIC)

"It is important to keep abreast of latest industry trends, best practice case studies and the valuable networking opportunities. I am looking forward to hearing from Jack Kardys regarding the evolving role of parks - driving health, happiness and economic prosperity".

Matt, Manager Active Communities, City of Holdfast Bay

"I can't wait to meet new people and catch up with old friends at PLA2019. I haven't been to Perth for many years and I'm looking forward to seeing the beautiful parks"

Neil, Parks Planner, Parks Victoria

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