Valentine Gardens – Lake Macquarie, New South Wales

Root Director protects new hardscaped surfaces in Valentine Gardens estate

Root Director - Valentine Garden Project

Valentine Gardens is a residential estate located in the city of Lake Macquarie, New South Wales. Despite being a relatively new estate, its sidewalks were already developing trip hazards from tree roots lifting the slabs due to the secondary thickening effect of root development. Lake Macquarie City Council approached Citygreen wanting to trial different technologies for resolving this pavement uplift problem. The council opted for the Root Director solution and ordered 97 units of the RDC900 variant in 2015, then a further 43 units later that year to complete the project.

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Valentine Gardens Project

Kieran Bowd, of Lake Macquarie City Council, said, “The species of the trees originally planted in the estate was a poor choice and they had no root protection resulting in significant concrete uplift. With this project, we wanted to replace the existing damaged footpath and replant a more suitable species.

Trees planted using Root Director - Valentine Gardens Trees planted using Root Director - Valentine Gardens

“Citygreen’s Root Director system has allowed the new trees to prosper without damaging the footpath. Root Director is a quality root modification product which modifies the root morphology, directing the roots 400ml below the surface to avoid damage to the pavement above.”

Root Director - Valentine Garden Project

Historic Morpeth – Root Director installation

Historic Morpeth the latest Root Director installation for Maitland City Council

Morpeth Township - Image Project

Nestled on the Hunter River in New South Wales, historic Morpeth has a rich history and was instrumental to the development of the Hunter Valley. Historic Trust-classified, it remains a living museum with quaint streetscapes and beautifully-preserved buildings.

Root Director cutaway

root directorAlso known by its Aboriginal name ‘Illalung’, Morpeth formed one third of a land grant made to Lieutenant Edward Charles Close by Governor Brisbane in 1821. With its desirable location on the Hunter River, Morpeth quickly evolved into a frontier town and busy river port channelling produce from the Hunter Valley to nearby Newcastle Harbour and surrounds.

Today, Morpeth continues to thrive with many visitors exploring the township each year. Maitland City Council is dedicated to preserving the town for generations to come and has recently planted some new street trees using Citygreen’s Root Director system. The council has leveraged this system for more than 20 years, enabling countless trees to thrive in close proximity to underground infrastructure and roadways by directing root growth downwards. In the latest installation at Morpeth, we see the new round Root Directors used within a hardscaped area, providing a neatly-rounded edge between the trees and the surrounding pavement. So far, the trees are performing well and should stand the test of time – like historic Morpeth itself.

Morpeth Township - Root Director


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