There are almost 100,000 street trees across the City and our verges have room for about 100,000 more.
The City plants on average 5,000 new street trees each year through a range of programs. By 2035 our verges will be full and there will be at least one tree on each and every verge in the City.
Find out more about the Citys tree planting initiatives here.
Street tree species selection is a complicated process. The City considers many factors from street and suburb characteristics, to the big picture needs of the community. Some of these factors include:
- On your street: Existing street trees and maintaining consistent streetscapes, proximity to the coast, wildlife connectivity, presence of overhead powerlines, verge width and street orientation.
- Across your suburb and the City: The above factors must be balanced by a big picture need to plant the right mix of native and exotic trees across your suburb and City wide. Planting a diversity of trees is important because it helps create resilience in our urban forest as a whole. This is because trees in the same family are often susceptible to the same diseases and environmental changes. If we plant too many of one tree species, there is a risk they may all be affected by a single event, such as disease. Planting a diversity of street trees ensures we don’t put all of our eggs in one basket.
The City prunes street trees annually to lift canopy height above footpaths, maintain lines of sight for vehicles, and provide clearance from infrastructure and power lines.
Trees growing under power lines are sometimes also pruned by Western Power to increase the clearance between the tree and the power lines.
Find out when your street is due for street tree pruning below:
Street tree pruning schedule
Residents are not permitted to prune street trees, instead, residents who believe a street tree requires pruning can submit a request for the City to inspect the tree and carry out any works required.
The City does not prune street trees for any of the following reasons:
- To reduce its size
- To reduce shade
- To reduce leaf/flower/seed drop
- To reduce birds nesting or feeding in the tree
- To improve views.
Residents concerned about the health of a street tree should contact the City as soon as possible to request the tree is inspected using the customer enquiry form.
Residents can help street trees to survive and thrive by:
- Giving the tree a deep watering once per week in the middle of summer
- Avoiding compaction of the trees roots by not parking on the verge.
Pruning, damaging, poisoning and removing a street tree is considered vandalism and penalties apply.
If you notice vandalism of a street tree occurring, please:
- Take photographs or video footage on your mobile phone if possible
- Call City Security on 1300 365 356 if the vandalism is currently occurring
- Report the vandalism to the City via customer enquiry online if the vandalism has already occurred.
Streets and footpaths are swept twice each year to remove leaf, flower and seed debris dropped by street trees.
Residents who believe that their street requires additional maintenance can submit a request to the City via a customer enquiry online. An inspection will be undertaken and additional cleaning scheduled if appropriate.