3500 trees to green the streets of Parramatta

18 June 2020

At least 3500 trees are being planted over four years as part of the Parramatta Light Rail program to bring shade to some of the hottest streets in the local government area.

Parramatta Light Rail program director Anand Thomas said the planting program includes five mature fig trees and around 76 one-metre-high fig tree cuttings that will replace a cluster of seven fig trees removed this month for light rail works in the Cumberland Precinct and three at Robin Thomas Reserve.

“It’s always a sad day when we need to remove significant trees for a major infrastructure project. The project team has looked at all available options. These would have led to greater impact to heritage items and unacceptable safety risks,” said Mr Thomas.

“These new tree plantings represent the renewal of the landscape in and around the light rail network.”  

The mature trees and cuttings from the fig trees will be propagated (nurtured and grown) and re-planted along the alignment over the next few years, once they reach approximately one metre in height.

Between 1900 and 2650 trees are estimated to be removed as part of the light rail project, the majority not considered to have ‘high retention value’ (determined by an independent arborist).

Mr Thomas said that by 2023, there will be more trees in Parramatta than before as a result of the light rail tree planting program.

“We have always been upfront about the need to remove trees. Equally, we are committed to significantly ‘greening’ Parramatta to leave it better off than we found it.”

Transport for NSW expects to plant a further 1000 to 1500 trees as part of the light rail program. The four-year Parramatta Light Rail Tree Planting and Neighbourhood Improvement program, in partnership with the City of Parramatta Council, will also see at least 2500 new trees planted, taking the total to more than 3500.

Find out more at www.parramattalightrail.nsw.gov.au/trees.