- continuous sustainability improvement in our developments through innovation and helping our customers evaluate and incorporate sustainable design initiatives.
- managing and investing in our assets to improve efficiency, long-term competitiveness and resilience.
- measuring our impact, improving our overall performance, managing our compliance obligations and engaging regularly with key stakeholders.
- inspiring and challenging our people, promoting safe workplaces and supporting community groups and charities through the Goodman Foundation.
As part of its commitment to sustainability as well as high-quality property presentation, Goodman in Australia has approximately 20,000 trees located across its property portfolio.
Since they are such a valuable resource that require ongoing management and maintenance, the Australian business identified the need to undertake a portfolio-wide tree audit and condition report.
Aim of audit
The aim of the audit was to primarily create a report which would:
- Provide a centralised database detailing key information about every tree, including but not limited to location, species, age, health and health advice, structure, pest and disease guidance
- Aid in the preservation of all trees across the portfolio
- Develop a risk assessment matrix for which each tree could be assessed
- Develop an ongoing maintenance plan for each tree.
Management together with an expert aborist developed the following best practice process:
- Initial detailed tree assessment and documentation process
- Tree inventory and mapping
- Risk assessment matrix
- Hazard and risk assessment adopting the risk assessment matrix
- Implement a maintenance program
- Tree preservation and master planning.
The key benefits of the audit have been:
- Tree preservation
- Hazard identification and risk prevention
- Creation of a centralised database detailing all relevant information about each tree
- Maintenance cost reduction
- System to document subsequent works.