The Canberra light rail will feature a planted native landscape either side of the track. The character of the landscape will transition from native lowland grassland to a wildflower meadow as you travel from Gungahlin to Civic.
Local grasses, shrubs and tree species were selected for the landscape for a number of reasons including; their form and colour, and their suitability to the ACT landscape. The design of the landscape had input from public expression and specialist advice. The final plant species selected were then consolidated into a design for the landscape corridor. The landscape will provide Canberra with a rich, self-sustaining, native, and interesting pallet of plants that reflect the variety of flora of the surrounding ACT environments.
All the plant species were selected for their suitability to the ACT climate ensure the landscape is self-sustaining and requires the minimum of maintenance. Approximately 1 million native flowering herbs and grasses will form an understory of colour, texture and variability along the corridor.
It is also fundamental to the intent of the landscape design that the number of planted trees exceed the number of trees removed prior to construction and so over 1000 trees will be planted once the project is complete. These will comprise of more than 500 Eucalyptus Mannifera trees to be planted either side of the track along the Federal Highway and Northbourne Avenue forming a ‘grand boulevard’. An additional 500 trees will be planted along Flemington Road and in the verges consisting of Eucalyptus Melliodora, Eucalyptus Polyanthemos and Prinus Cerasifera Nigra.
The light rail landscape corridor will be a ‘gateway’ for the visitor to Canberra.