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Centennial Parklands Tree Planting Program

We are committed to managing and caring for the more than 16,000 trees that call Centennial Parklands home. We are also committed to protecting the historic character and features of the trees that make the Parklands unique as well as accommodating the ever-changing recreational needs of park users.

  • Project: Centennial Parklands Tree Planting Program

  • Location: various locations within Centennial Parklands

  • Project timing: January 2021 - present

  • Project owner: Centennial Parklands 

Project description

With the majority of the original planting occurring in the sixty years between 1860s and 1920s, it is important we have a plan to manage our tree replacement and planting program and we do. Our Tree Master Plan details how we manage our aging tree population and our comprehensive tree management program.  
Our current tree planting program is also driven by our commitment to deliver the Premier’s Priorities Greening Our City initiative.

Trees planted so far this year

Centennial Parklands staff care for over 16,000 trees across Moore Park, Queens Park and Centennial Park with over 200 new trees planted since January 2021.

Our team spend a lot of time caring for our Parklands’ beautiful trees, to ensure they live for as long as they can.

Below are some of the key tree plantings so far:

  • Thirty three new trees, as part of the Premier’s priority Greening Sydney, in the Moore Park East (Robertson Rd) precinct. The trees are a mix of Eucalyptus, Backhousia, Buckinghamia and Angophora. These plantings will strengthen the peripheries of the park providing shade for users of the sporting facilities.

  • Thirty six mature Port Jackson figs have been planted along Grand Drive (pictured below), in the last three years, as part of a succession planting program to ensure the historic character and features that make Centennial Parklands unique are preserved into the future. These 200L Ficus rubiginosa have been sourced from specimens grown at the University of NSW, to keep the trees as locally endemic as possible. The trees were contract grown especially for Centennial Parklands.
  • In addition to the figs, the Parklands have also replaced Quercus ilex (Holm Oak) and Araucaria heterophylla (Norfolk Island Pine) in keeping with the themed and sequenced Grand Drive planting.
  • A 1000L Angophora costata (Sydney red gum) planted in the front lawn of The Residences (pictured below);
  • Five 600L Ficus macrophylla (Moreton Bay fig) planted along Anzac Parade to replace trees removed for the construction of the Sydney light rail project and fill in space between our iconic mature avenue of figs.
  • Twenty five new 200 litre Eucalyptus trees as part of the South West corner restoration. 10 x Eucalyptus tereticornis and 15 x Eucalyptus propinqua have been installed to revegetate an old stockpile site.

Tree plantings coming up

The horticulture team at Centennial Parklands will plant hundreds more locally-sourced native species of trees as part of an intricately planned, large-scale woodland.

The University of NSW has another twenty 200L Ficus rubiginosa (Port Jackson figs) growing that will be ready for planting in 2023.