Melbourne may be considered Australia’s garden city, but its northern rival – and a city best known for its coastline and waterways – can boast of its green credentials after an international study named it the world’s Top Garden Destination.
Conducted by online travel company TravelBird, the Green Cities Index 2018 highlights the best urban destinations for “environmentally-minded travellers”.
Considering natural, man-made and food production green spaces, the study analyzed 50 global cities from the largest OECD countries with a focus on prominent tourist destinations.
Varying types of greenery such as woodlands, parks, public gardens, golf courses, orchards, vineyards, farms and more was then measured within the three larger criteria.
“The results recognize the cities making large efforts to be sustainable by preserving ecological areas, as well as those introducing initiatives to improve the quality and quantity of man-made green spaces,” said the study, which presented its findings in terms of square metres (m2) per person.
To go along with its top park city honour, Sydney finished as the fifth greenest city overall, behind Reykjavik (Iceland), Auckland (NZ), Bratislava (Slovakia) and Gothenburg (Sweden).
Interestingly, the harbour city was also found to have the most Golf Course m2 per person, at 17.23 metres.
In another honour for Australasia, Auckland was named the world’s Top Forest & Woodland Destination, a category in which Sydney finished a commendable sixth.
“The World Health Organisation has reported that urban green spaces help individuals to feel more relaxed, reduce stress levels and also help protect against harmful pollutants,” TravelBird Chief Traveller Officer Fiona Vanderbroeck said.
“With many of our travellers seeking refuge from the grind of their daily routine, the thought of a city break might have once seemed contradictory to the idea of a relaxing vacation—but this index, highlighting the various green cities around the world, proves otherwise.
“Many popular city destinations around the world have made significant strides towards both preserving and manufacturing green spaces.”
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