Schofields Road Tree Planting:
Two years on
We revisit this site in Western Sydney two years after EROmasta jute matting was originally installed.
In 2017, OHL York JV was awarded the Schofields Road Stage 2 Project. This involved upgrading and extending over 3.5km of Schofields Road in Western Sydney. The existing 2 lane road was widened to 4 lanes, and twin pre-stressed concrete plank bridges were constructed over Schofields Road and the adjacent creeks. OHL York JV were also responsible for landscaping the new verge of this busy road.
The streetscape and planting needed to be consistent with the project’s biodiversity assessment and landscaping proposal. This endeavoured to retain existing trees where possible, and ensure that the landscaping would complement and reflect the rural landscape character and endemic plant communities existing beyond the road corridor.
Other landscaping considerations included ongoing maintenance requirements, cost, safety, ease of access and weed management.
In March 2017, Jaybro supplied OHL York JV with EROmasta Jute Matting as the preferred erosion control measure. This would ensure minimal maintenance, and the newly planted trees would be protected with this environmentally friendly erosion and evaporation control product.
The $135 million project was completed in March 2018.
Jaybro’s EROmasta Jute Mat has provided effective long term protection for the trees and shrubs planted along Schofields Road.
The 3 dimensional structure of the fabric allows both air and water to pass through, which has created a moist and breathable environment conducive to plant growth. The product has semi-biodegraded, yet is still providing effective protection against erosion. The jute mat has helped to retard the growth of competing weeds, and retain moisture in the topsoil.
The original plan indicated that the tree planting should provide a strong defined landscape which relates to the vegetation of the Cumberland Plain. Two years later, the vegetation is well on its way to achieving a natural and established character, with the help of GEOmasta Jute Mat.
Jute Matting for Landscaping and Erosion Control
Schofields Road Stage 2
Schofields, NSW Australia
$36,000 of JM450 Jute Matting
EROmasta JUTE MATTING
Material: Tight weave jute
Weight: 450gsm or 755gsm