Parks & Recreation

Wagga's 'treescape' grows greener

Published: 19 Jul 2019 2:20pm

Almost 1000 new trees are appearing across the city’s streets and sports ovals as part of Council’s winter tree planting program.

Planting of 200 trees has been underway at the Equex sporting precinct, Rawlings Park and Gissing Oval with trees also planted in recent weeks at Anderson Oval, Duke of Kent, Harris Park, Jack Misson Oval and Jubilee Park.

There has also been 790 trees planted along many suburban streets, taking the total to 990 tree plantings this winter.

The latest campaign means Wagga Wagga and the villages are now home to more than 62,000 street and park trees.

“We’re continuing to plant more trees in the growth areas across the city, particularly in the north, where the new trees add to the liveability and amenity of those suburbs,” Council’s Director Commercial Operations Caroline Angel said.

“Tree-lined streets look good and provide a green corridor for birds and wildlife. They also help combat the ‘heat island effect’ during summer.”

There has also been a strong focus on more trees at sports ovals and parks this year.

“Shade in summer is important at any recreational area,” Ms Angel said.

“Having more trees in our parks and at sports ovals adds to our city’s impressive treescape. Our city’s green space areas are well utilised by residents and visitors alike and having more trees can only be beneficial to everyone in the community.

“Our street tree strategy considers geographical and ecological features of areas of the city, which helps us decide which species will grow best in different areas depending on soil type and other factors.”

The trees are purchased from quality nurseries and Council staff ensure the new plantings are well-looked after until they are established. The trees are watered every month during summer for the first two years and are also pruned regularly to ensure they become a long-standing part of Wagga Wagga’s environmental landscape.

Residents can request their neighbourhood be considered in next year’s street tree planting program by contacting Council on 1300 292 442.

Pictured above: Wagga Wagga City Council arboriculturalists have been out and about across the city this winter planting new trees along suburban streets and ovals.