Shade and sun protection
Well-designed and correctly positioned shade provides protection from UV radiation where it is needed, at the right time of day and at the right time of year. Good-quality shade can reduce UV exposure by up to 75% (Parsons et al 1998).
Shade alone cannot provide complete protection, which is why whenever the UV Index is 3 or above Cancer Council recommends protecting your skin in 5 ways:
- Slip on clothing that covers as much skin as possible
- Slop on SPF 30 or higher, broad-spectrum sunscreen
- Slap on a broad brimmed, bucket or legionnaires hat
- Seek shade
- Slide on wrap around sunglasses.
Keep reading to find tools for planning shade, why shade is important, and case studies of how other organisations and community groups have planned and developed shade.
Shade, sun protection and other co-benefits
Learn why shade is an important planning and design priority for the creation of safe and healthy communities, including increased UV protection and reduced skin cancer risk.
Download Shade: A planning and design priority (PDF 304KB)
How local governments can make shade a planning priority
Local Councils are prioritising the development of their Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPSs) as the 20-year vision for land use in their area.
Cancer Council NSW, the Cancer Institute NSW and other planning experts have developed a guide for local governments on how to incorporate shade provision into the preparation of their LSPS.
Download Local Strategic Planning Statements (PDF 100KB)
Cancer Council NSW Guidelines to Shade
Good quality shade can reduce UV exposure by up to 75%.
The Cancer Council NSW Guidelines to Shade promote both natural and built shade, and provide a step-by-step approach to planning well-designed shade, including how to conduct a shade audit, and plan and implement your shade project.
Case Study: How schools, councils, community groups and sporting organisations created shade
These Cancer Institute NSW shade case studies provide examples of well-designed built shade.