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Type of shade

Permanent or temporary shade

Differences between permanent and temporary shade solutions and when it’s appropriate to use each one.

Natural shade

Whenever possible, trees and other plants should be the first choice for providing shade. Here’s what to consider.

Built shade

Read about the pros and cons of different materials and structures, from awnings to marquees.

Last updated: 21 April 2016


Two shade type checklists have been developed to help you assess an existing shade area, or plan a new shade project.

Shade handbook

Read more about types of shade in the Cancer Councils shade handbook (PDF 4.48 MB)(pages 16-24)