‘20 times more shade’: Norfolk pine planting to begin in Newcastle's Foreshore Park

MAPPED OUT: Where the trees will be planted in stage one. Picture: Newcastle City Council
MAPPED OUT: Where the trees will be planted in stage one. Picture: Newcastle City Council

MORE trees are headed for Foreshore Park as the council prepares for the next stage of planting in the harbourfront precinct. 

Newcastle City Council staff have begun digging along the park’s eastern end for 32 mature Norfolk Island pines near the Nobbys Road and Wharf Road roundabout. 

Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the trees had been grown specifically for the use.

"These [trees] will create a more inviting space for people visiting our spectacular Foreshore Park," she said.

"The precinct as we know it today is now 30 years old, and the changes underway are in line with our vision for an improved, greener, more user-friendly, and sustainable public space."

Later stages of planting will include broad-leaved lilly pillies, coastal banksias, native hibiscuses and kentia palms.

Cr Nelmes said the fully-grown trees would provide “9800-square-metres of usable shade – 20 times more than what was available prior to work commencing in 2017”. 

"The Newcastle 500 event allowed us to start implementing the adopted plans for Foreshore  Park and the new plantings align with the precinct's future use as Newcastle's major regional event space,” Cr Nelmes said. 

Trees will also be planted in front of Customs House, around the new Wharf Road car park and on the northern side of Wharf Road near Horseshoe Beach Road. 

MATURE: Preparations are already underway for the 32 Norfolk Island pines.

MATURE: Preparations are already underway for the 32 Norfolk Island pines.