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Why is the excavation hole in my street bigger than the finished garden beds on the plans?

Our construction team has to excavate a very large hole in the street initially to build the form-work which will hold the finished garden beds.

Some residents have been concerned about the size of the excavation hole as the excavation area appears to be bigger than the finished garden bed on the plans.

Rest assured our construction teams will build the garden beds to the exact specifications of the plans approved by Council's Traffic Committee.

The finished garden beds are smaller than the excavation hole. Once construction is finished the road will be restored surrounding the new garden bed. 

Why has the City decided to plant trees in roads?

The City recognises the importance of trees in providing a range of benefits for the community. These include improving our air, soil and water quality. They also improve mental health and well-being, provide a sense of place and enhance property values.

Increasing canopy cover over paved surfaces is a good way of lowering the amount of heat that radiates off roads and pavements in cities. It also reduces emissions of hydrocarbons and controls stormwater runoff.

The City is committed to increasing its total canopy cover from the current 15% to 23% by 2030. The in-road planting project is a key tool for achieving our target. In addition, we also plant in parks and encourage people to plant in their backyards. We have filled nearly all the available space in our footpaths with 9, 000 new trees planted since 2005.

How does the City decide which streets are suitable for in-road tree planting?

The City’s Street Tree Master Plan identifies potential in-road tree planting projects to be investigated in the future, acknowledging that other opportunities may arise over time.

We identify streets that have a wide carriageway which will allow garden beds to be planted down the centre of the road with minimal impact to traffic and no loss of parking.

The Sydney Streets Design Code uses Roads and Maritime Services' classifications to establish maximum carriageway widths. When constructing or upgrading local roads, travel lanes should be a maximum of 3m wide and parking lanes 2.1m wide.

Will large fire engines, garbage trucks and other big vehicles be able to access my street after the trees are planted in the road?

We will never build Green Streets infrastructure which prevents large emergency vehicles or garbage trucks from accessing your street. We abide by RMS lane width guidelines and very work hard to determine if planter beds will cause problems for large vehicles travelling along the street or turning in and out of the laneways with ease. 

Who will maintain the new garden beds?

The City will maintain the garden beds. In addition we will send a qualified arborist to check the trees twice a week for the first year.