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Greening the Great West Walk

The Great West Walk is a 65 km urban trail that stretches from Parramatta Park to the base of the Blue Mountains on the lands of the Darug nation. The walk mapped by The Walking Volunteers – a group of experienced walkers creating a network of significant walking routes in Sydney – and is located on land in the Parramatta, Blacktown and Penrith local government areas.

Increasing canopy cover along the walk

In 2021, the department partnered with Blacktown, Penrith and Parramatta councils, Greening Australia and Landcare NSW, to plant more than 26,000 trees along the walk, making Western Sydney a cooler and greener place for local residents and everyone to enjoy all year around.

In May 2022, we committed to planting a further 2,000 trees and associated works to make the Great West Walk even more beautiful and enjoyable for users, local communities and visitors to Western Sydney.

Planting will occur at various tree planting locations along the walk to help:

  • increase urban tree canopy and green cover through innovative planting practices
  • reduce temperatures along the Great West Walk and mitigate the urban heat island effect
  • improve walkability and accessibility for all users of the walk
  • enhance biodiversity and restore local ecology.

Overview of funded projects

Feasibility study

In May 2020, the department commissioned Gallagher Studio, to identify and prioritise potential tree-planting locations along the Great West Walk.

The process involved:

  • mapping, research, analysis, and consultation
  • examining the walk, in relation to its environmental, climatic, and social context.
  • The research revealed large portions of the walk have very low tree canopy cover (less than 20%) making parts of the walk 8-11 degrees warmer than other parts of Sydney.

The Greening the Great West Walk feasibility study (PDF, 1.9 MB) has helped inform the selection of final tree-planting sites and projects to green the Great West Walk.

Read the feasibility study

More information

For more information about Greening the Great West Walk, you can contact the team on [email protected]