Greening Sydney

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The City of Sydney recognises the importance of trees and other plants in providing significant environmental, social and economic benefits for the community.  There is growing recognition internationally of the role of cities and local governments in supporting and promoting biodiversity.

We are committed to increasing tree coverage, improving urban ecology and biodiversity and supporting community greening to make Sydney one of the world’s leading green cities. To achieve this, we have developed the Greening Sydney Plan

Three strategic focus areas have been identified informing the objectives and targets of the Plan:

  • Urban Canopy - developing and protecting the city’s urban forest
  • Urban Ecology - greening to improve habitat for biodiversity
  • Community Empowerment - to green and care for our urban landscape

We have three delivery focus areas for achieving the Plan: Public Domain - greening for quality streetscapes and public spaces, New Development - maximising greening opportunities and Community Greening - empowering the community to green our city.

Under the Greening Sydney Plan, we will deliver some 42 programs and projects in partnership with residents, local business, developers and volunteer groups.

Stay tuned to this page for more information, updates and opportunities to have your say on our Greening Sydney projects.


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  • The draft Register of Signficant Trees is now on exhibition


    The Register of Significant Trees identifies and celebrates significant trees in the City. It helps guide the management of significant trees and their protection. 

    The City is reviewing the register to update the listing of trees, identify new trees including those nominated by the community and make the register more user-friendly. 

    It has recently been updated to include 2,645 of the most important individual trees and groups of trees according to their visual, botanic, historical and social significances as well as their ecological value. We want you to tell us what you think.

    We have an FAQ here, and you can view the draft Register here.

    Submissions should be made in writing and lodged by 5pm on 5 April 2013, marked ‘Register of Significant Trees’ and addressed to:

    Chief Executive Officer
    Attention: Karen Sweeney

    City of Sydney, GPO Box 1591, Sydney NSW 2001

     Or you can email

     For more information, contact the Tree Management team on 02 9265 9333 or email


    by Project Coordinator 04 Mar 2013, 04:23 PM



    The City of Sydney’s chief aborist, Karen Sweeney, is leading a new initiative to expand the Register of historic and significant trees. Sydneysiders had their chance to nominate their favourite trees late last year. The revised Register will be on exhibition early this year, so stay tuned for more updates.

    The register, which currently lists 1,931 significant trees, will be boosted by nominations from residents and visitors for trees located in parks, streets, on private property, government land or in schools, universities and hospitals.

    Candidates for the register can be selected for historic, botanic, ecological, social, cultural, commemorative, visual and/or aesthetic values. The tree in your yard or neighbourhood may be more important than you think.

    Karen’s Top 10 favourite trees in the City of Sydney area are:

    1. The mighty Moreton Bay fig located in the south-western corner of Alexandria Park towers. It’s one of the largest examples of the species in the city - 30 metres high with a 32-metre canopy and a root area spanning seven metres. The tree is one of several figs entrusted to the park’s first caretaker, P. Dawson of Wyndham Street, who accepted the job in 1895 on a barter basis. He was given the sole right to graze six cows on the park between 6pm and 6am, in exchange for watering the newly planted trees twice weekly during dry weather;
    2. The Moreton Bay figs on Observatory Hill and Pope John Paul Reserve in Glebe, which are 120 to 130-plus years old – these trees have watched Sydney develop over time;
    3. The Grey Ironbark in the grounds of St Johns Church, Glebe Point Road, which is believed to date back to pre-European settlement;
    4. Two Dragon’s Blood trees, in the Royal Botanic Gardens and in Cook + Phillip Park. These trees have an unusual appearance, are uncommon in Sydney and are more than 100 years old;
    5. A Southern Live Oak in Martin Road, Centennial Park. This tree is about 100 years old, is a very uncommon species, and complements the collection of beautiful neighbouring oaks (of different species) in the park;
    6. The row of Brush Box trees in Avenue Road, Glebe. It is believed these trees were planted in the 1920s;
    7. A Jacaranda in the Quadrangle at Sydney University – the students look forward to it flowering in November as a signal of the end of the University calendar, heralding the coming summer holidays;
    8. A group of Washington Palms in Farrer Place, Sydney (on the corner of Bent and Young streets). These are distinctive and typical of the rainforest and subtropical planting schemes of former large estates throughout the Sydneyarea;
    9. A row of Queensland Kauri Pines located in Durdans Avenue, Rosebery. Planted 50-60 years ago, these trees are in a curious location, given their massive size at maturity;
    10. The Plane trees located along Bourke Street, Surry Hills (near Cleveland Street). They are some of the larger Plane trees in the city’s streets and their size creates a sense of place, providing shade in summer and allowing the sun in winter.






    by Project Coordinator 17 Aug 2012, 03:10 PM