Street tree planting and maintenance is necessary for the conservation of habitats for birds and other wildlife. Trees also reduce pollution, soften traffic noise, provide privacy and shade us during warmer weather.
The City is responsible for the pruning and maintenance of approximately 93,000 street trees throughout the community, to ensure their survival.
Please note, it is illegal to prune or remove a street tree without authorisation from the City.
Street tree requests
If you'd like to request a street tree, street tree pruning or report an issue with an existing street tree, please phone our Customer Contact Centre.
Benefits of street trees
Understand the benefits that our street trees provide and why they are so important.
- Provide habitat for birds and other wildlife
- Presence of trees on verges increase property values in Perth by $16,889 on average
- Reduce heating and cooling costs by 12 to 15% per year
- Street trees are estimated to cover 3.4% (3.57 km2) of the City area and provide 12.65 km2 of leaf area. This is equivalent to more than 15,800,000 beach umbrellas.
Street trees FAQs
What is the street tree planting program?
The street tree planting program began in 2013 and aims to create shaded and more attractive residential streetscapes within the City of Stirling. It encourages residents to become custodians for their streetscape and play an active role in planting and caring for street trees.
Do I get a choice in what tree is planted on the verge?
The City would like to develop themed, consistent streetscapes or tree-lined avenues where possible and where appropriate. This usually means planting the most predominant street tree species which already exists in the street. The City prefers to plant native species where possible, as native trees have the best chance of survival and attract wildlife.
The City takes into account a number of factors when deciding which trees to plant. These include:
- Which tree species already exist in the street
- Whether power lines are positioned above the verge
- Proximity to the ocean
- The presence of natural reserves or parks nearby
- Available verge space.
Because street trees can live up to 100 years (and take one or two decades to mature), the City needs to plan for the long-term to create better streetscaping for future generations.
Do I have to pay for my street tree?
No, the provision of a street tree is included in your annual rates payment, unless it is related to a development approval.
Do I have to water my street tree?
The City will water your newly planted street tree once per week for the first two years. However, we do encourage you to play a key role in its ongoing care and survival. This may involve an additional deep watering once a week over the summer period.
How do I request a single street tree for the verge adjacent to my property?
You can request a single tree by phoning our Contact Centre. They will take your details and pass on your request to our tree services team for processing. All street trees are planted during the winter planting season between May to August.
Why should we plant street trees?
Street trees are one of the City's most important assets. Extensive research into the benefits of street trees, both nationally and internationally has found that they:
- Provide safer and more comfortable environments, encouraging residents to walk more
- Reduce stress levels while improving our mental health and wellbeing
- Help to create liveable communities
- Improve property values
- Help to define the character of a neighbourhood
- Reduce air conditioning running costs
- Provide shade for footpaths and roads, extending their longevity and reducing repair costs
- Reduce the urban heat island effect
- Encourage biodiversity and wildlife.