It's great to see verge gardens & street trees so close to Parramatta Road.

It’s great to see verge gardens & street trees so close to Parramatta Road.

In February 2012 I wrote about Marrickville Council’s plans for Old Canterbury Road Lewisham, between Parramatta Road & the railway overpass. See – http://bit.ly/woTF6K

Council have replaced the footpath, removed 1 ailing street tree & planted 23 new street trees with root barriers.  The trees were 10 x Spotted gum (Corymbia maculata), 11 x New South Wales Christmas Bush (Ceratopetalum gummiferum) & 2 x Blueberry ash (Elaeocarpus reticulates).  Council also created 36 new verge gardens between 1 metre & 1.3 metres wide & 4 metres long.

Thank you Marrickville Council.  I thought the new streetscape was a vast improvement on the old & will watch with interest as the trees grow & the verge gardens fill out.

The street trees & verge gardens will help remove pollution & particulate matter – important as this is a high traffic road.  They will also cool the street, add oxygen to the air, provide food for urban wildlife & have a positive impact on property values, among other benefits.

If this kind of streetscape beautification work happened across Marrickville LGA – as funds were available, we would have a much nicer place to live with greater diversity for urban wildlife.  I’d wager the community would be happier too.

The other corner next to Parramatta Road has more verge gardens.  A view like this for Parramatta Road traffic gives a good impression of a suburb.

The other corner next to Parramatta Road has more verge gardens. A view like this for Parramatta Road traffic gives a good impression of a suburb.

Another view with new Gum trees.

Another view with new Gum trees that will one day look like the one in the background.

Another view.  NSW Christmas Bushes are planted in these verge gardens.

Another view. NSW Christmas Bushes are planted in these verge gardens.

The new verge gardens & street trees work went right to the railway bridge.

The new verge gardens & street trees work went right to the railway bridge on both sides.

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