We are all influenced by our working environments and it is vital that we consider the many benefits to staff and students that come with 'nature connection'.

UNSW has more than 120,000 square metres of landscaped gardens and areas and almost three-quarters this area in sporting fields. We are the proud caretakers of over 1200 trees on the Kensington campus, including several visually stunning 120-year-old Morton Bay and Port Jackson Fig trees. Our trees are managed through a tree database system and an interactive tree plan of the campus.

As well as providing a habitat for wildlife and contributing to a pleasing aesthetic, trees create a microclimate that can significantly reduce the 'urban heat island effect'. This provides staff and students with a more comfortable campus environment and the temperature decreases can significantly reduce the amount of energy required to cool (and in some instances to heat) buildings. There is also a growing body of evidence that even an outlook on trees and other greenspace can significantly improve mood and has even been shown to accelerate recovery of people in hospitals!