Council's efforts to plant more trees in our City is aligned with the NSW Government's 5 Million Trees for Greater Sydney program, which aims to increase the tree canopy of Greater Sydney by 40 percent.
Our Street Tree Planting Program focuses on planting entire streets, avenues or roads that have been identified as being high priority due to resident interest and/or significant habitat corridors.
How Council manages its public trees
In 2012, City of Ryde adopted a Street Tree Master Plan(PDF, 54MB) to strategically plant and manage public trees. Every year, guided by this document, a number of streets in Ryde are selected to have trees planted on the road reserve or naturestrip (streets determined by a priority matrix).
Selecting the right tree species
When selecting the tree species to be planted on the Council nature strip, Council has highly qualified staff that have studied and worked in the horticultural industry for many years.
Prior to planting trees on Council land there are a number of considerations and checks that are done to ensure the right tree is planted at the right location. These include:
- Inspection of the planting site for services and availability of planting space
- A dial before you dig is undertaken to reduce the instances of conflicts between services and trees.
Council sources tree stocks from reputable suppliers who grow according to acceptable nursery standards and the Australian Standard AS2303:2015 'Tree Stock for Landscape Use'. Stock quality and consistency of plantings are the reasons that we do not encourage residents to plant in Council road reserves.
Benefits of street trees
Trees play an important role in the 'greening' of our City and are an invaluable asset for our community. Trees will:
- Make your surroundings pleasant
- Provide relief from summer’s heat and reduce glare from the pavement
- Reduce runoff
- Improve air quality
- Increase the value of real estate.
Request a free tree for your street
Council has a register of individual properties listed for plantings and also provides those residents that want a street tree the opportunity to request one. If you would like to request a tree on the road reserve directly adjacent to your property and add your name to the register, make a request online or contact Council's Customer Service Centre on 9952 8222.
Caring for street trees
Council is responsible for the ongoing maintenance of street trees, however, residents can lend a helping hand by:
- Watering regularly the newly planted street tree
- Maintain the mulch circle around the base of the tree
- Protect the tree from mower and whipper snipper damage.
For more information about caring for newly planted trees visit the Tree Selection and Establishment page on our website.