Keeping street trees safe in the City of Wollongong
Located 80 kilometres south of Sydney Australia, the City of Wollongong covers 714 square kilometres bordered by the Royal National Park to the north, Lake Illawarra to the south, the Tasman sea to the east and Illawarra escarpment to the west. In recent years, the City of Wollongong Council has revamped the city centre with a number of footway upgrade projects encompassing new street trees and furniture. With an emphasis on useability, comfort and aesthetic appeal, these upgrades were completed per the City Centre Public Domain Technical Manual (CCPDTM).
Installing new street trees and furniture is a significant investment for council, with young trees particularly vulnerable to vandalism in busy urban areas. Citygreen provides a range of high-quality tree protection products, including an extensive and ever-growing range of grates to eliminate trip or slip hazards for pedestrians and guards to protect trees and council’s investment. Taking product development and QA seriously, Citygreen grates and guards represent the latest technology in tree surrounds and are rated among the best globally.
A long-term, loyal customer, Wollongong Citygreen Council have been specifying Citygreen tree grates and guards for many years as their city standard. Nyrie Davis-Raiss, Landscape Architect at Wollongong City Council, said, “Our main goals when upgrading footways in the city centre were to comply with accessibility standards, provide seating, bins, bike racks, planter boxes and tree planting where possible. The aim was to provide a high-quality finish for the inner-city precinct, offering high visual and functional amenity.
“Citygreen tree grates and guards were specified and installed in a number of inner-city areas, as defined by the CCPDTM, including Victoria Street, Rawson Street, Railway Parade, Young Street, Belmore Street and Auburn Street. Using these proven products contributed to the success of the high-quality upgraded streetscapes, significantly improving safety and amenity.
“As per usual, Citygreen were always contactable, prompt with quotations and provided high-quality, reliable products that are vandal resistant – improving the potential success of tree planting.”