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Shade in public places

Shade in public places

Using shade is one of the key ways over exposure to UV radiation can be stopped. Personal sun protection, such as clothing and sunscreen, is expensive. Shade is a sustainable and equitable way to protect all of us from the sun. Trees, which provide shade, can also add to our natural environment.

The Cancer Society would like to see:

  • Government provide tagged funding for shade in schools
  • local government providing shade options in public spaces, such as in playgrounds and parks, or at events.

Research has found that we do not have enough shade in public spaces, such as schools and playgrounds. It has also found that most people expect their local council to provide shade in public areas. For many councils, shade is not viewed as a priority and maintenance is considered costly.

Not all shade is created equal - some trees and shade sails do not offer sufficient protection from UV radiation. To find out more about appropriate shade contact our team or download our shade planning and design resource.