Water Wise Street Tree Planting

Water Wise Street Tree Planting

Planting Day

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.

Ipswich City Council

Ipswich City Council collaborated with a local developer to install two beautiful new Water Wise Street Trees at Spring Mountain (Photo: Eureka Landscapes)









Townsville City Council

Congratulations to Townsville who have joined the growing list of cities with Water Wise Street Trees (Photos Jared Johnston, TCC)



Mackay Regional Council

On 4th April 2019, 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, S Wabnik 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




Water Wise Street Tree Online Training – Coming Soon

Water by Design are set to release a new online training course for Water Wise Street Trees. Please get in touch to register your early interest Glenn Browning | glenn.b@hlw.org.au | 07) 3177 9128



Water Wise Street Tree Design Catalogue – Download Now

As part of the Erosion and Sediment Control and Urban Stormwater program, Water by Design have 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 have crowdsouced a diverse catalogue of design details from the wider industry. Topics covered include:

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


Find out more

Download the resources below for more details on how to get involved.











Low Impact Design

This discussion paper presents key findings from recent investigations into Low Impact Design.

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Integrated Water Planning

This report presents key findings from recent investigations into Integrated Water Planning.

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