At least 3,500 trees will be planted as part of the Parramatta Light Rail project13 May 2019
This includes 100 trees now planted in North Parramatta and Westmead to kickstart a tree planting program by Parramatta Light Rail in partnership with the City of Parramatta that will see at least 2,500 new native and non-native trees planted in streets, parks and reserves. Separately, Transport for NSW expects to plant a further 1,000 to 1,500 trees as part of the Parramatta Light Rail project.
Parramatta Light Rail program director Tim Poole said the project’s tree planting program will make the local environment significantly greener and help to offset any trees removed as part of Parramatta Light Rail construction.
“We can confidently say that there will be more trees in Parramatta as a result of the Parramatta Light Rail,” said Mr Poole.
“It is inevitable that some trees in the path of the light rail network will require removal. “Tree planting in these areas will provide shade, improve air quality and bring these streets to life.
“Across the project, we will be planting, on average, four trees for every tree removed so our community can continue to feel proud of where they live and play.”
The new trees – including crepe myrtle, spotted gum, brush box and magnolia trees – are being planted in Westmead and North Parramatta to kick start the broader planting program, which will also involve landscaping and bushcare works.
In addition, as part of the project’s commitment to trees, timber from 13 trees removed from outside Parramatta Gaol has also been given to the Deerubbin Local Aboriginal Land Council for repurposing in artworks and historical displays.
The 13 trees will be replaced with a native tree species along the Gaol frontage in consultation with the Land Council and City of Parramatta.
For more information, refer to media release trees planted for Parramatta Light Rail project.