Tree Planting at Street Level

rudloc-road

I was really pleased to see the way that the City recently planted trees along Rudloc Road, Morley. Whilst some people may prefer the look of trees on a raised kerb (such as the tree in the middle background of the picture), I think it makes more sense to plant them at road level whenever possible.

We’re told that two of the many benefits which trees offer are flood mitigation and pollutant removal. It seems logical to me that trees planted at street level will maximise these functions.

Some of the rain which falls will inevitably find its way to the tree at street level and brings with it some of the grime which accumulates on our roads. This must be a better result than all the water being fed solely to the drains.

Truth be told though, roads are designed to feed water to the sides and not the middle, so the next level would be to use tree pits for trees on the side of the road. Below are some examples, and the hyperlinks for the sources provides lots of other examples and useful information.

bioretention-tree-pitsSource: Botanic Gardens of South Australia

tree-pitssource: saving our trees

Pleasingly the City of Bayswater recently completed their second “rain-garden” (bioretention system) next to The Rise in Maylands and water from the roads runs into it, is cleaned and soaks into the ground:
the-rise-watergarden

There is another at Bath Street jetty in Maylands as well.

Another benefit of planting trees at street level is cost. To the staff’s credit, Rudloc Road received the trees because the road was due to be resurfaced and the staff took the opportunity to add trees. If they were also required to install an island, with the attached kerbing and paving, the cost would be significantly more.

One things for certain, Rudloc Road is going to look excellent when these trees grow. Power to the people.

(Please be aware that these views are my own and have not been endorsed by the City of Bayswater)

4 thoughts on “Tree Planting at Street Level

  1. Street level planting has always been on top of my list ✔️. Rudloc Rd median planting is great even though a little sparse … Most probably due to all the conflicting driveways? I could see how the tree pits on the side of the road could be applied in Rudloc Rd, perhaps a second stage next winter planting? That photo example of semi circular seating (Sth Aust Botanic Gardens) is good practical design and I would like to see the City apply this where ever possible.

  2. Hey Chris
    Great to see some greenery and some common sense and vision. Can we look fwd to some trees in the middle of King William Street in the Garden City?

    1. Hi Denys, Thanks for your comments. I’m very keen to see Bayswater town-site get some more trees. There are some coming very soon, and certainly when the road is re-surfaced along KWS (early next year) I think trees should be planted along the middle.

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