Environment

Trees on Council land

Trees are vital to the urban character of our neighbourhoods. We can advise you on plantings and arrange damaged or diseased trees to be inspected.

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 our Customer Service team via details at the bottom of this page.

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.

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

Rapid Canopy tree planting program

Rapid Canopy is Darebin City Council’s latest initiative to significantly improve the look and feel of our streets. It’s time to extend the beauty of our renowned open space reserves into our urban streetscapes.

With the aim to plant 6,000 new street trees across the municipality, this project will commence July 2020 and is expected to be completed by October 2021.

Trees are an investment in the future vitality and value of our streets and community. Once established, the new trees will provide additional canopy cover for our footpaths and roads, helping to keep them cooler in summer. The future treelined streetscapes will also provide habitat to local fauna, helping reduce the impact urbanisation has had on our ecosystem, while revitalising our neighbourhoods with native foliage.

Lucky residents who will be receiving a new tree outside their property will be notified of any planned works by mail.

We are taking into consideration any and all impacts a tree would have on its immediate area, because the safety and comfort of residents is always Darebin’s top priority.

If you have any questions or concerns please view the FAQs listed below, or email rapidcanopy@darebin.vic.gov.au

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 (May to October). 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.

Many site requirements are taken into account when selecting an appropriate tree species to plant. View the site requirements.

The Whole Street Planting Program will re-commence at the completion of the Rapid Canopy Planting Program.

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 is available for viewing.

View a map and timing of the pruning blocks.

Street tree species selection process

In accordance with Council's GreenStreets Strategy, Darebin Parks has a focus on planting the right tree for the right location. This means a mixture of native/indigenous and exotic trees are planted to create species diversity, sustainability and resilience in our street tree population.

Site characteristics such as available growing space, proximity to powerlines, vehicle sightlines and pedestrian movement are just a few of the factors taken into consideration when selecting a particular species for each street. Additional factors such as preferred soil types, root system morphology and previous performance are also considered when selecting tree species for streetscapes.

View Council’s considerations for tree planting for more detail.

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 Council's GreenStreets Strategy.

More information:

Customer service
Call: (03) 8470 8888
Email: mailbox@darebin.vic.gov.au