Trees on Council land

Advice on planting programs, clearance and pruning, and tree damage or disease.

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.

Damaged street trees

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

  1. Tell us 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 an 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

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

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.

Infill tree planting program

We plant 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, our 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 planting season, which is during May to October every year. 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

We plant 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 our 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.

Tree planting works on High Street

The Darebin community has told us they “value ‘green’ spaces (both parks and street trees) and want more of them”. This fits in with one of our 10 Big Actions in the 2021-2025 Council Plan, which is to “…increase tree canopy coverage in… retail precincts…”. The planting of more trees is also a key action in several Council strategies including the Open Space Strategy, Urban Forest Strategy and the GreenStreets Streetscape Strategy.

We will plant about 100 trees along High Street in Preston, Thornbury and Northcote with a total project budget of $300,000. This budget includes project management fees, investigatory works, traffic management, tree pit excavation, planting and maintenance. Our tree-planting project, carried out in partnership with the Victorian Government, will increase shade for shoppers and patrons while encouraging them to spend more time at High Street shops.

A consultant was asked to carry out underground service proving to help us find suitable locations for the planting of new street trees. Several factors were considered such as the location and depth of existing underground services, available space (furniture, poles, shop awnings), and visibility sightlines.

Planting will begin in April 2023 (the start of the tree-planting season) and go on for two months. Additional information will be provided to the community prior to the start of tree-planting works. We will engage with the community in December 2022, during which time business owners and residents can provide feedback and raise specific concerns, which we will assess and address as they come.

Electrical line clearance management and block tree pruning

We have 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 Darebin's tree population. All street trees are pruned to regulated clearances from electrical lines, road and pathways.

Our 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 our 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 our considerations for tree planting for more detail and read about the street trees species palette.

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. We receive 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. Read more in our GreenStreets Strategy.

More information

Customer service
Call: 03 8470 8888