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Wollongong City Council

Greening Your Suburb

Council is bringing more plants and trees to our streets and parks, and caring for the ones we already have, through our Urban Greening Program.

We're also calling on the whole community to get involved in Community Greening. Download a copy of our Community Greening brochure PDF, 2252.96 KB or learn more below.


Suburbs of Wollongong have some of the lowest tree canopy cover in NSW.

Plants and trees cool our suburbs, reduce pollution, attract investment, manage storm water, and help our wildlife. They also make us healthier, happier and more productive.

As the impacts of extreme weather continue, we know planting more trees and plants is something we can all do now to help create a better future.

Get involved

Community Greening is all about the combined effort of our entire community in planting today for a better tomorrow.

What's Council doing?

As our city grows, we want to make sure plants and all the benefits they bring aren’t left behind.


  • planting more trees in our streets, parks and reserves
  • focusing on suburbs that need them most, starting with those with the least amount of trees
  • encouraging greening in more spaces, like verge gardens
  • growing and encouraging the use of more local Illawarra native species at Greenplan Nursery
  • encouraging and supporting volunteers in greening our natural areas.

One of our key goals is to increase average tree canopy cover from the current 17%, up to our goal of 35%, which is what we currently have in places like Wollongong Botanic Garden and suburbs like Mangerton.

Read the Urban Greening Strategy PDF, 8846.48 KB for more information on why and how Council is taking action to improve trees and plants in public spaces.

It's just one of the ways we are trying to reduce the impact of climate change.