Root cells protect roads from trees

Article image - Root cells protect roads from trees Tree cells keep roads safe from tree damage. Photo courtesy of N Nguyen

The City of Canning is the first council in Western Australia to trial the use of root cell technology under a busy road in what is hoped to be a solution for tree root damage to roads.

The pilot project, delivered in partnership with Citygreen, is being trialled on Lynwood Avenue, Lynwood.

The project has involved planting median trees into root cells, some of which are installed directly under the roadway, to allow a greater soil area for optimum root growth without compromising or damaging the structural integrity of the roadway.

City of Canning Mayor, Paul Ng, said that this initiative directly links back to an aspiration in the Strategic Community Plan to provide safe, well-designed and maintained roads in the City, which will ultimately create large healthy trees and reduce the cost of road maintenance and resurfacing.