Green Streets

The City's Green Streets program is fulfilling our Sustainable Sydney 2030 commitment to increase tree canopy cover in the city by 50% over the next 20 years.

We are planting trees in streets because they provide shade, calm traffic, make streets look more beautiful, reduce temperatures and act as pollution filters for air and stormwater.

Our Green Streets program will increase the city's canopy cover in our streets by:

  • establishing planter beds in the middle of wide streets;
  • planting trees and shrubs on the sides or corners of streets; and
  • creating rain gardens to filter stormwater on the side of streets.

Stay tuned to this page for news on new Green Streets projects.

The City's Green Streets program is fulfilling our Sustainable Sydney 2030 commitment to increase tree canopy cover in the city by 50% over the next 20 years.

We are planting trees in streets because they provide shade, calm traffic, make streets look more beautiful, reduce temperatures and act as pollution filters for air and stormwater.

Our Green Streets program will increase the city's canopy cover in our streets by:

  • establishing planter beds in the middle of wide streets;
  • planting trees and shrubs on the sides or corners of streets; and
  • creating rain gardens to filter stormwater on the side of streets.

Stay tuned to this page for news on new Green Streets projects.

  • New trees and landscaping for Colbourne Avenue, Glebe

    almost 3 years ago
    Colborne ave

    We have completed works to upgrade and make permanent the road closure at the intersection of Colbourne Avenue and Lyndhurst Street in Glebe.

    The works included:

    • removing the concrete barriers
    • installing new paving, lighting and brick seating
    • planting new trees and garden areas
    • new footpaths for easier access
    • upgrading the stormwater systems
    • laying new asphalt on the roads and pavements
    • installing a dedicated 1-way southbound cycle path.


    The previously unused intersection has been turned into lush, green space with around 2,000 native plants, 11 trees and an additional 300sqm of garden beds.

    The works were started in January 2016 and... Continue reading

    We have completed works to upgrade and make permanent the road closure at the intersection of Colbourne Avenue and Lyndhurst Street in Glebe.

    The works included:

    • removing the concrete barriers
    • installing new paving, lighting and brick seating
    • planting new trees and garden areas
    • new footpaths for easier access
    • upgrading the stormwater systems
    • laying new asphalt on the roads and pavements
    • installing a dedicated 1-way southbound cycle path.


    The previously unused intersection has been turned into lush, green space with around 2,000 native plants, 11 trees and an additional 300sqm of garden beds.

    The works were started in January 2016 and completed in June 2016. Council approved this project in November 2015 after community consultation.

    For further information, please contact James Lawton, Project Manager on (02) 9265 9333 or jlawton@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au



  • Why are we planting trees and shrubs in the street?

    almost 3 years ago
    Madison street redfern

    Street trees and shrubs provide environmental, visual and infrastructure benefits for our neighbourhoods. 

    Street trees:

    • capture water in their canopies and transfer it into the tree. This decreases the amount of water entering our storm water system
    • filter pollution from storm water runoff
    • capture pieces of solid of liquid pollution from vehicle exhaust
    • shade the road and footpath surfaces which in turn makes them last longer
    • calm traffic in high speed or dangerous streets in a way that is preferable to installing speed bumps or raised thresholds
    • create a more beautiful urban environment by breaking up the hard and straight surfaces that dominate cities and
    • allow us to keep greening our city now that we have filled nearly every available space in our footpaths with 9, 000 new trees planted since 2005. 
    We only plant trees in streets that are wide enough to accommodate planting in the road without majorly impacting parking and other road uses.

    Tree planting in roadways provides the opportunity to increase the tree canopy particularly in situations where awnings or overhead wires constrain the establishment of medium to tall trees on the footpaths.

    Street trees and shrubs provide environmental, visual and infrastructure benefits for our neighbourhoods. 

    Street trees:

    • capture water in their canopies and transfer it into the tree. This decreases the amount of water entering our storm water system
    • filter pollution from storm water runoff
    • capture pieces of solid of liquid pollution from vehicle exhaust
    • shade the road and footpath surfaces which in turn makes them last longer
    • calm traffic in high speed or dangerous streets in a way that is preferable to installing speed bumps or raised thresholds
    • create a more beautiful urban environment by breaking up the hard and straight surfaces that dominate cities and
    • allow us to keep greening our city now that we have filled nearly every available space in our footpaths with 9, 000 new trees planted since 2005. 
    We only plant trees in streets that are wide enough to accommodate planting in the road without majorly impacting parking and other road uses.

    Tree planting in roadways provides the opportunity to increase the tree canopy particularly in situations where awnings or overhead wires constrain the establishment of medium to tall trees on the footpaths.