#-metre tall Queensland Brushbox trees planted in in-road tree pits.  Each tree has 5 ag-pipes installed for watering.  These trees will add a wonderful large canopy here, cooling the street, adding beauty & providing for wildlife.

Nine 3-metre tall Queensland Brushbox trees have been planted in in-road tree pits on busy Concord Street Erskineville. Each tree has 5 ag-pipes installed for watering.  These trees will add a wonderful large canopy here, cooling the street, adding beauty & providing for wildlife.

A very large public herb garden has been installed in Bray Street.  This garden has been reclaimed from the road.  It slows down traffic, coools the area, brings the community together & adds beauty - an all round winner.

A very large public herb garden has been installed in Bray Street. This garden, which had an olive tree in the centre, has been reclaimed from the road.  The garden slows down traffic, coools the area, brings the community together & adds beauty – an all round winner.

 

The City of Sydney Council has done some amazing street work that will benefit the community & wildlife immensely.

I first noticed the work beginning on Concord Street Erskineville around a month ago while we were out cycling.  The cycle path here is great & very safe because concrete blocks prevent vehicles from parking in the bicycle lane. This is a big plus as far as I am concerned.

We returned today to have a look at what has been done. Put simply, it is fantastic.

Nine 3-metre tall Queensland Brushbox trees have been planted in in-road tree pits on the railway line side of busy Concord Street. Each tree has five ag-pipes installed for the Council to easily water them. There is a space for two cars between each street tree giving the trees plenty of room to grow to their full size without their canopy being compromised. Cars cannot park close to their trunks & there are no overhead power lines either.

Showing part of a an in-road verge garden with bicycle lane in Concord Street.

Showing part of a an in-road verge garden with bicycle lane in Concord Street.

The City of Sydney Council is committed to lowering their urban heat island effect, so are planting street trees, removing concrete & planting verge gardens & green walls to help them achieve this.

Instead of taking the concrete footpath all the way to the fence of the railway line, they have left a substantial sized area next to the railway line fence. In this space are planted native lilies, native grasses & Wattle trees. With Wattle being fast growing, this area will look fabulous & green in no time. On the right side of the footpath are the Brushbox trees. The trees will serve to block the sight of the railway line, as well as reduce the noise of passing trains.

As Sydney Park is just across the railway line & Sydney Park Road, these trees & verge gardens provide a continuity of habitat for wildlife, especially birds.

Showing part of the corner of Bray & Concord Streets.  Large gardens have been installed where there was road.  These serve to slow down traffic. Plus they add beauty.

Showing part of the corner of Bray & Concord Streets. Large gardens have been installed where there was road. These serve to slow down traffic. Plus they add beauty.

Across the road is parking that is separated from the bicycle lane. Then comes a continuous verge garden that runs all the way to Concord Lane just a building away from the end of King Street. In this block they have planted a Tuckeroo tree.

All the street trees have been retained & a new tree planted where there is a gap. The verge garden is mulched from beginning to end, not just around the trees. Native violets, lilies & grasses, plus other plants I do not know have been planted & it looks fabulous.

The width of the verge garden is the same width as the footpath. To allow people to travel to their cars, large attractive sandstone pavers have been placed to allow walking across the verge garden. There are no trip hazards either.

At the corner of Concord & Bray Street half the road width has been reclaimed & large verge gardens have been planted on either side. These gardens slow down traffic, as well as allowing the area to be greened & made beautiful.

These gardens also include a small rain garden channel beside the gutter, which is filled with plants. What a great idea!  Lilly Pillies have been used as a screening hedge along the footpath.

Both sides of almost the whole of Bray Street to Bray Lane have been turned into a continuous wide verge garden. Previous in-road verge gardens have been retained. The street is green & leafy. Once the verge gardens mature, the beauty of the streetscape will increase exponentially.

The use of large sandstone pavers to allow people to travel to cars has been used here as well. At the King Street end of Bray Street a large section of the road on both sides has been reclaimed for in-road gardens.  One side has been planted by Council. However, it appears that residents have requested that the south side garden be left to them to create a herb garden for the street. An olive tree has been planted in this in-road garden.

It was interesting to watch young people stop to read the signs of the herbs & pick to smell. They spent 15-minutes here before walking on. This is a great way to passively educate about the environment & how verge gardens can be used to benefit the community, as well as provide beauty & increase livability.

This herb garden is something that will unite many of the residents of this street & help community building. It is large enough for many to become involved in the planting & care of this patch. I was impressed.

The City of Sydney Council has shown that even in the densely populated & busy streets of Erskineville the streetscape can be markedly improved both for the benefit of people & wildlife. The work they have done is beautiful & I will return in a year to review its growth.

All local councils can learn from this approach to streetscape creation. Gone is at least half of the concrete & the space filled with street trees & a variety of plants. Even the use of native grasses was minimized showing that there are other plants that can be planted by local councils in verge gardens. Really well done City of Sydney Council.

This photo shows how much of the road has been reclaimed for gardens.    The driveway to the gardage is now metres longer.

This photo shows how much of the road has been reclaimed for gardens. The driveway to the gardage is now metres longer.  

Showing another corner of reclaimed road.  There is design in the plants used & the council has not resorted to planting only native grasses.

Showing another corner of reclaimed road. There is design in the plants used & the council has not resorted to planting only native grasses.  Typical of the City of Sydney the street is filled with tall street trees, including Hill’s Fig trees.  A single verge runs for the whole of Bray Street on both sides of the street.  It already looks fantastic. 

A bicycle lane and a verge garden that is as wide as the concrete footpath runs the full length of this section of Concord Street.  The other side also has a wide contineous garden, plus in-road plantings of Queensland Brushbox trees.

A bicycle lane and a verge garden that is as wide as the concrete footpath runs the full length of this section of Concord Street. The other side also has a wide contineous garden, plus in-road plantings of Queensland Brushbox trees.  Mulch is used everywhere, not just around trees or plants.  Also they have used a variety of plants.

Another corner verge garden that used to be road.  This is in Bray Street.

Another corner verge garden that used to be road. This is in Bray Street.

This is an amazing verge garden on the corner of Concord & Bray Streets.  They have planted a Lilly Pilly hedge, a variety of plants & added a raingarden channel next to the gutter.

This is an amazing verge garden on the corner of Concord & Bray Streets. They have planted a Lilly Pilly hedge, a variety of plants & added a raingarden channel next to the gutter.

Showing thr channel rain garden.  How clever is that.

Showing thr channel rain garden. How clever is that.  Look at the variety of plants.  

Showing the same corner, but from the downhill side.

Showing the same corner, but from the downhill side.

 

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