This project aims to transtion to the native vegetation community type from the existing Pinus pinaster (Maritime Pine) woodland. The pine trees were planted throughout the 1960s but many of them are now reaching the end of their life, with the Parklands having to remove some dead trees over recent years. In 2017, the Parklands trialled interplanting amongst the pines with Angophora costata with much success. The 200 trees will aim to supplement the trail and provide a foundation for the new vegetation community.
Pruning of the large cottonwood opposite the homestead cafe - February 2022
We have kicked off works in 2022 with the protection of one of our favourite habitat trees in the Parklands – a large cottonwood (Populus deltoides) opposite the Homestead Café. The tree is home to the Powerful Owl and many other important species and our team of arborists have recently completed major pruning works to extend its life by at least another decade. Find out more about the works here.
Trees planted in 2021
Over 200 new trees were planted in 2021. Below are some of the highlights so you can spot the new plantings were you are next in the Parklands.
- 20 new trees were planted around Tramway Oval in Moore Park on 19 November to provide additional screening and separation from the Light Rail line. 10 Butia capitata (Jelly Palms) and 10 ‘Precious flowering gums’ will also provide additional shading for this high performance field.
- 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.