Water Wise Street Tree Planting

Water Wise Street Tree Planting

Water by Design has launched an initiative encouraging organisations to install water wise street trees using passive irrigation technology. This technology utilises readily available stormwater, rather than potable water to irrigate street trees, reducing costs and the impacts of stormwater. So far we have 6 Councils participating in this event including Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Ipswich, Brisbane and Gold Coast

Townsville City Council

A recent addition to the Townsville streetscape (photo Jared Johnstone TCC)

Mackay Regional Council

On 4th April, Mackay Regional Council planted four new street trees. Two were water wise and two were standard trees. To take a look visit Maud St, Mirani – we cant wait to see how this installation goes! (Photos courtesy L. Galea MRC).



Brisbane City Council

Brisbane City Council has posted some photos of their Water Wise Street Tree and they are seeing some impressive differences between the Control Trees and the Water Wise Trees  (Photos courtesy T. Davies BCC)

Control Tree                                                                      Water Wise Street Tree



How to build a Water Wise Street Tree

Check out a video of the construction process here


COMING SOON Water Wise Street Tree Design Catalogue

As part of the ESC and USW program, Water by Design are hoping to put together a package of design details to compliment the existing Bioretention Technical Design Guideline and the Street Tree fact sheets.  One of the key components that is often missing from many street scale biobasins is site integration and this is difficult to articulate in a standard guideline because there are so many different ways a tree biopod could be incorporated into a street. So we are looking for a fresh approach. There are lots of great ideas that have already been constructed across the region and lots of talented designers so it does not feel right to rely on just one or two designers. In this regard and we are wanting to crowdsouce a diverse catalogue of design details from the wider industry. Topics to be covers include:

  • Tree pit type (retrofit – sat zone)
  • Inlets / drainage options
  • Surface / edge treatments / tree guards
  • Street Integration
  • Service integration

Do you have a photo, sketch or drawing you wish to contribute?

Please contact Glenn Browning | glenn.b@hlw.org.au | 07) 3177 9128



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