Street trees

Street trees are the trees on nature strips along public streets.

Council plants street trees and is responsible for looking after them.

Street trees are an important part of our community because they provide shelter and shade, a home for birds and make our streets more attractive and pleasant to walk along.

Street trees are part of the street landscape, which includes plants for road traffic treatments and roundabouts, garden beds and areas of asphalt or concrete.

New street trees

Planting of new street strees

Council plants new street trees every year from May to September.

Tree planting is planned according to suburb and the number of streets that have missing trees as a result of tree removal.

Request a new street tree

To request a new street tree to be planted outside your property, make a customer request through the Council website or contact Council.

All requests are considered and if approved are placed on the Council planting list.

Street tree selection

The Moreland Street Landscape Strategy (DOC 5Mb) provides a guide to Council and residents for all new street tree planting. This strategy is based on extensive research from Australian and international horticultural experts who contributed to a careful selection of locally appropriate species of plants.

The Street Tree Planting Plan aims to produce a spatial and technical street tree planting program that complements the Moreland's Street Landscape Strategy (DOC 5Mb) and guides the planning, planting, management and resourcing of Moreland's street trees.

As part of this strategy, Council selects local native (indigenous) species when it is appropriate, or uses native or drought-tolerant exotic species.

Local native plants are those that originate from the Moreland area as opposed to native plants that can come from anywhere in Australia.

The advantages of planting native tree species are that they:

  • adapt easily to the local environment
  • provide a food source and shelter for native animals such as birds and butterflies
  • create a distinctive local character, and
  • suit local soil types and geology as well as local character.

Council also considers functional aspects, such as the size of nature strips and clearance for powerlines, traffic and street lighting.

Street tree watering

Watering of street trees occurs from October to April each year.

Removing a street tree

Removing a dead or diseased street tree

To report a street tree that is dead, diseased or has fallen over due to a storm or strong winds, report the issue through the Council website or contact Council.

To report an urgent issue, such as a fallen or hanging branch which is dangerous, contact Council on 9240 1111 (24 hours).

Dropping leaves or nesting birds are not reasons to remove a street tree.

Visit park maintenance for information about reporting an issue with a tree in a park.

Removing a street tree to install a driveway

To request Council remove a street tree to build a driveway you need to apply for a road opening permit.

After Council receives your application, a Council arborist will assess the tree and location of the new driveway.

The tree may not be removed if it is a significant tree, such as a tree that is part of an avenue of trees, in a heritage area or a good specimen tree.

If the tree is to be removed due to road opening, the road opening fee does not cover the cost of the value of the tree or its removal and replacement. The Moreland Street Landscape Strategy (DOC 5Mb) has more information on how the value of a tree is determined.