Nature Strips and Street Trees

Most residents will have a nature strip which is the land between the road-side kerb and footpath or property boundary. This land will often contain a street tree and services such as water and gas.

Taking care of your nature strip and what to do if you wish to plant on your nature strip.

Mowing and Maintaining Nature Strips
Residents are required to mow the nature strip in front of their property. Residents are encouraged to water newly planted street trees in accordance with any water restrictions.

Nature Strip Planting 
Are you considering replacing a plant on your nature strip? We are happy to work with you to replace the plantings. 

Nature Strip Planting Guidelines have been established to guide nature strip planting.
  1. Complete a Nature Strip Planting Application Form
  2. Submit via email, post or in-person to any Customer Service Centre.
You will be contacted to confirm if your application has been successful.

Submit your Application via post or email: 

Mail to:
Public Realm
PO Box 91
PRESTON VIC 3072
Email: public.places@darebin.vic.gov.au

Further Information:
Public Realm
Phone: 8470 8888
Email: public.places@darebin.vic.gov.au

Street trees are vital to the urban character of our neighbourhood, including trees in our parks. We can advise you on tree plantings, and arrange damaged or diseased trees to be inspected.

Individual tree planting occurs every year. Residents who require a tree for their nature strip should contact us.

If you are enquiring about the maintenance of street trees or tree maintenance in parks you should also contact us.

Damaged Street Trees
Have you noticed a damaged, dead or diseased tree on your neighbourhood or in a local park?

  1. Advise us of the location of the tree.
  2. We will arrange for an arborist to inspect the tree within the next 5 working days.
  3. If you are a resident, a card will be left in your letter box advising you when and what action is to be taken.

Customer Service
Ph: 8470 8888

Watering Street Trees
Under the Yarra Valley Water Drought Response Plan, street tree watering with a mobile water tanker has exemption under every stage of water restrictions. Darebin has obtained the relevant exemption to continue the program.

Residents are encouraged to water newly planted street trees in accordance with current restrictions. Mature drought tolerant trees should not require additional water unless during times of extreme drought in which case residents are advised to use grey water.

TREE PLANTING

Infill tree planting program

Darebin City Council plants approximately 250 trees per year as part of the infill or single tree planting program.

 

Following a request for a tree to be planted on a residents’ nature strip, Council’s Planning Arborist will inspect the location to determine if:

  • the location is suitable for planting

  • and a suitable street tree theme exists in the street

     

If both of the above are true, then the tree is added to the program to be implemented in the next planting season (April to September). All available spaces are usually planted as part of this process.

 

If there is no suitable tree theme, then the street will be scheduled on the whole-street tree program.

 

Whole street tree planting program

Darebin City Council plants approximately 1200 trees per year as part of the Greenstreets or whole-street planting program. This program assesses all trees in the street and consults with the residents to determine a suitable tree theme to plant in all available opportunities. All species offered are tailored to the particular needs of the street with a range of trees, including native and exotic. The ‘right tree for the right spot’ is offered as per Council’s Urban Forest Strategy

 

A map for the upcoming whole-street planting program can be viewed here

A street list for the upcoming whole-street planting program can be viewed here.

 

 

Electrical Line Clearance management and block tree pruning

Darebin City Council has a two year cyclic program that prunes all street trees to ensure compliance with electric lines clearance regulations, maintain the health and aesthetic appeal of the City’s tree population. All street trees are pruned to regulated clearances from electrical lines, road and pathways.

 

Darebin Councils’ approved Electrical Line Clearance Management Plan can be viewed once approved by Management.

 

A map and timing of the pruning blocks can be viewed here.

 

 

Shading and Solar panel access

Shading is often a desirable service provided by street trees helping to reduce the heat island effect. In some cases shade can conflict with other elements of a street.

Council receives tree removal requests because shade from a street tree conflicts with their solar panels, vegetable garden or entry garden.

A tree will not be removed solely because of the shade it casts on private property. Each request for tree removal will be assessed on its individual merits. (Further information can be found in Councils GreenStreets Strategy)