THE 'jewel in the crown' of Tamworth's CBD will get a $15,000 face-lift as the council looks to save every drop of water it can.
The gardens on Peel Street's CBD intersections will be torn-up in the coming weeks and replaced with more "drought-hardy" sustainable native plants.
Tamworth Regional Council's manager of sports and recreation, Paul Kelly, said the hedges currently found on the street corners had caused "substantial damage" to the underground watering systems.
A lot of the plants are also in poor health and the current soil is depleted.
"We have plants and species that have been chosen because they're drought-tolerant and adaptable to our climate and we're also improving some of that underground infrastructure, which includes broken water pipes," Mr Kelly said.
He said $15,000 had been allocated from the council's operational budget for the works which include gardens surrounding three pedestrian crossings and intersections on Bourke, Brisbane, Fitzroy and White streets.
Mr Kelly said the roundabouts on Peel Street would be "revitalised" at a later date.
The works will begin on Monday and will be staged during the next two weeks to ensure the main drag won't be left looking bare.
There will be some minor disruption for traffic and some car parking spaces out of action as the council works on each garden bed.
"It is an opportune time for us to try and improve that sustainability and plant them out with a fresh new look," he said.
"We will be able to water this in a much more sustainable manner."