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Urban Forest

Tree Planting Program

Trees play an important role in the ‘greening’ of our City. They make our surroundings pleasant, provide relief from summer heat and reduce glare from pavement. They also increase the value of real estate, reduce stormwater run-off and improve the quality of the air we breathe.

While a good portion of the Parramatta area is covered by tree canopy, we know that a greener city means a cooler city, a cleaner environment and a happier and healthier community.

City of Parramatta plants around 2,700 trees a year on our streets and in parks and bushland areas. Our goal is to grow our tree canopy coverage to 40% by the year 2050 and create a more resilient, sustainable city.

In addition to continuing our own planting program, we’ve secured NSW Government funding to plant more than 10,000 trees over the next two years in low canopy streets, the CBD, local parks, and along our rivers and creeks. We also have exciting plans to increase our green space and create a cooler City for everyone to enjoy.

2023 Parramatta Light Rail Tree Planting

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In March 2019, City of Parramatta, in partnership with Transport for NSW, completed a pilot tree planting program which saw 120 new street trees added to our urban tree canopy in Westmead and North Parramatta.

In July and October 2022, the joint program saw 335 trees planted in selected parks and reserves across the Parramatta area.

In March 2023, a new planting program will begin with more than 1,000 trees planned for the Carlingford, Dundas, Oatlands, Rydalmere and Telopea area. 

Our arborists have selected a range of trees (27 tree types, native and exotic, deciduous and evergreen) suitable for various locations. Among the proposed trees are species that are slim and tall, ideal for narrow streets, and those that are shorter and more compact, perfect for under powerlines. Access and underground utilities have also been considered.

To learn more about the 2023 planting program, and to become a Tree Champion for 2023, please see 2023 Parramatta Light Rail Tree Planting program page.

2022/23 Greening Parramatta CBD Tree Planting

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In 2021, City of Parramatta was provided with a $450,000 grant to deliver statement trees within the CBD.  Following a review of potential locations and the selection of tree types, in mid-December 2022 semi-mature trees, well over 3m, were planted in Marsden and O’Connell streets as part of planned street upgrades within the CBD.

Constraints such as overhead power-lines, underground services, access requirements and existing street trees were considered. 

This project is part of the Greening Our City grant program that is proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Local Government NSW.

For more information, including planting locations and tree types, please see our Greening Parramatta CBD planting page. 

2022 Greening Parramatta

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In late 2020, City of Parramatta was awarded $500,000 by the NSW Government with Council matching that funding to plant more than 2,500 trees.

This project is part of the Greening Our City grant program that is proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Local Government NSW. This grant program aims to increase tree canopy and green cover across the Greater Sydney Region by planting one million trees by the end of 2022.

Planting is being planned for April 2022. The project team is identifying the areas most vulnerable to the impacts of urban heat - the most likely to benefit from additional tree canopy – and selecting and sourcing a variety of advanced trees.

In addition to cooling our city, new trees will support local habitat and enliven our streets making them more attractive now and for generations to come. 

Arborists will ensure the tree types are suited to the proposed planting location with trees selected to perform well in the local environment. Constraints such as overhead power-lines, access requirements and existing street trees will be considered.

For more information see our Greening Parramatta page.

Native trees planting along nature strip of a Parramatta road

2023/24 Greening the Great West Walk

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The Great West Walk is a 65km walking route stretching from Parramatta to the foot of the Blue Mountains. 

In 2021, the City of Parramatta planted more than 7,600 trees alongside Toongabbie Creek as part of Greening the Great West Walk, an initiative proudly funded by the NSW Government.

In July 2022, City of Parramatta was successful in securing more than $126k from the Department of Planning and Environment for Stage 2 of Greening the Great West Walk.

Over the next 12 months, work will take place to improve the amenity and walking facilities along the walk. In addition to weed clearing and other work, more than 2,800 trees will be planted along the Toongabbie Creek corridor.

For more information visit the Greening the Great West Walk page.

Tree planting great western walk

2022 Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Tree Planting Program

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As part of commemorative events programs honouring The Queen and her 70 years of service, City of Parramatta was awarded a Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment grant, with $10,000 provided by the Commonwealth for tree planting in Upjohn Park, Rydalmere.

Council contributed a further $16,000+ to the program, and planted 
Sydney Red Gum and Sydney Blue Gum to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee of her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Fifteen large Eucalypt trees line the path along the exercise area. A plaque will soon be unveiled to mark the planting.

The project is jointly-funded through City of Parramatta and the Australian
Government’s Planting Trees for the Queen’s Jubilee Program. 

 

Planting trees
 

Request a street tree

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Residents can request for a tree to be planted on the nature strip in front of their property.

Requests will be reviewed by a member of our Open Spaces team who will consider a range of factors including the size of the nature strip, power lines and underground services, driveway, parking and footpath locations, and other trees within the streetscape. Residents can only request a street tree adjacent to their own property.

How to submit a request
 

Go to the Online Services Portal, select submit a request, select Trees on Council land button and fill in the request with your details. The Open Spaces team will consider the proposed site and advise if a tree can be planted.
 

Submit a request via Online Services Portal

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