Street trees are an important part of every community and are one of our City's most important assets.  The City has approximately 93,000 street trees but these only cover around one third of all street verges.

About the Community Tree Planting Program

The Community Tree Planting Program is a City wide initiative developed in 2013 which aims to create cooler and more attractive tree lined streetscapes. The program encourages local residents, community groups, schools and businesses to work together with the City to help plant, adopt and care for street trees.
The Community Tree Planting Program aims to:
  • Increase the number of street trees planted on residential street verges.
  • Create cooler and more attractive streetscapes.
  • Encourage local residents, families, community groups and businesses to participate in community street tree planting events across the City.
  • Help foster a sense of community pride and ownership of streetscapes.
  • Raise community awareness about the many and varied benefits of street trees to our wellbeing.
  • Strengthen community relationships and encourage positive discussion around how we can better work together to create liveable, healthy and sustainable communities.
Commencing in April (the beginning of the City's winter planting season) through to September, a series of planned Community Tree Planting Events will take place across the City. These events rely heavily on the support of local residents and volunteers. To find out more about these events see below. In its three years, the Community Tree Planting Program planted over 2000 street trees.
We invite you, your friends and family to attend you local event or to join the Program by becoming a Volunteer Tree Captain, or Volunteer Tree Planter.

Become a Volunteer Tree Captain

As a Volunteer Tree Captain you will play a key role in ensuring the success of the Program. You will work closely with the Community Tree Officer and will lead a small team of Community Tree Planters (residents and other interested people), in planting street trees at Community Tree Planting Events.

Click the Community Tree Captain Position Description to find out exactly what is required of this volunteer role.

If you would like to join the team of Volunteer Tree Captains, please contact the Community Tree Officer directly by email at or by phoning the City.


Become a Community Tree Planter

As a Community Tree Planter you will be part of a 'special army' of people called upon during the winter planting season to help plant street trees at Community Tree Planting Events across the City.

You will meet all kinds of people of varying ages and backgrounds, who like you, want to make a positive contribution to their community and believe that planting more streets is a great start.

To register click here.

Upcoming Community Tree Planting Events

Community Tree Planting Events are held on Saturdays between late May and August from 9.00am to 11.30 am and are followed by a sausage sizzle for participants.

Click here for the 2017 Schedule of Events.


Special Planting Events - Opportunities for schools, scouts and other groups

Last year we are trialled hosting Special Tree Planting Events with a handful of schools and scouts groups, planting trees on school ground verges and reserve verges. Due to the success of this initiative, a number of schools and scout groups will be participating again this year. Please contact the Community Tree Officer if you would like your school or community group to participate in 2017.


How to plant a street tree?

Please watch this video to learn how to correctly plant a street tree. It will help you understand what is expected of volunteers of the Community Tree Planting Program. There are several steps in the process and there is always a suitable job for every participant, including very young children.

How to give your street tree the best chance of survival?

You can ensure newly planted trees have the best chance of survival by playing a role in its ongoing care. To find out more about how you can help to care for your street tree, please click here.


Street tree species selection

The City wishes to create themed and consistent streetscapes or tree lined avenues where possible and appropriate. This usually means planting the most predominant street tree species already existing in the street. It is also the City's preference to plant native tree species where possible, as these trees traditionally have the best chance of survival and attract wildlife corridors.

When choosing what tree species to plant in your street, many factors are considered.  Among these, the most important considerations are:

  • Climatic conditions
  • Soil type
  • Character of the area
  • Local Area Plan recommendations
  • Overhead power lines
  • Underground services (e.g. water, gas, sewerage)
  • Existing street tree species
  • Existence of naturally occurring native trees
  • Wildlife food source/habitat provision
  • Tree characteristics (resilience to pests, diseases, canopy cover, drought tolerant, low allergy etc.)


Additional Information

If you have a question that is not answered here, please click on Frequently Asked Questions, or contact the Community Tree officer on 9205 8555 or click here to email the City.