Street trees are a significant component of The City’s urban forest and are one of our most important assets. There are many iconic streets within the City that are recognised for their beautiful streetscapes such as the Jacaranda’s in Applecross.
Trees provide many benefits to society and are considered to be one of the most effective ways in which society can adapt to climate change and the associated extreme weather events that are expected to occur at greater intensity into the future.
The City provides free street trees to residents as part of their greening ethos. If you would like to request a tree for your verge, contact the City on 1300 635 845 | 9364 0666, by email on firstname.lastname@example.org, or by lodging an online request for a free new street tree.
Our friendly team will be able to discuss what species will be most suitable for your verge.
Some trees require pruning to maintain clearance from power lines and for safety reasons such as maintaining sightlines.
The City will not prune trees to:
- Improve views
- Reduce leaf litter and fruit drop
- Avoid bird droppings
- Reduce shade
Please be aware that it is an offence to prune or remove verge trees. Furthermore residents are not permitted to undertake activities that may detrimentally affect their verge tree including hanging any items such as swings from the tree.
If you have any queries relating to your verge tree contact the City on 1300 635 845 | 9364 0666 or by email on email@example.com.
Verge trees are maintained by the City and are watered for the first 2 years following installation, to help them establish.
The City is responsible for:
- Planting - customers may not plant a tree of their own choice on the verge without having consulted the City's arboricultural team first
- Pruning - Request street tree pruning
- Tree health - Report the health of a council tree
- Removal of verge trees
You can help your verge tree flourish by:
- Watering during dry periods
- Avoiding compaction of the ground e.g. do not park or have skip bins placed near young trees
- Keep the area around your tree weed and rubbish free
- Avoid damaging the tree
The City's arboriculture team conduct inspections of diseased, pest affected or unhealthy trees and deal with health concerns in relation to trees located on verges, in parks, reserves and road medians.
If you are concerned about the health of a street tree please contact customer service on 1300 635 845 | 9364 0666.