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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.

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

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 September 2022 semi-mature trees, well over 3m, will be planted as part of planned street upgrades within the CBD.

Constraints such as overhead power-lines, underground services, access requirements and existing street trees have been 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 on Greening Parramatta
 

2022 Parramatta Light Rail Tree Planting

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

The program tested how we could provide new trees, in streets, parks and reserves, throughout the City of Parramatta to help offset trees removed as part of Parramatta Light Rail construction.

In 2022, the program will continue with 125 trees being planted in selected parks and reserves across the Parramatta area. Planting will start in July.

An additional 2,400 trees will be planted in streets and parks over the next two years.

For more information see our Parramatta Light Rail Tree Planting page

Greening the Great West Walk

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City of Parramatta has recently 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.

The program, made possible by a $170k grant from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, saw workers undertake weed management, bush regeneration and planting in the 5.5 hectares along the Toongabbie Creek corridor between Oakes Road and Hammers Road.

While tube-stock planting was completed in September 2021, the team will continue maintenance to ensure these baby trees become established over the next six months and can grow to full maturity.

Tree planting great western walk

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