A Significant Tree Register protects the most exceptional trees in the City.
Trees have many environmental and sociocultural benefits. They can be enjoyed by current and future generations, reduce urban heat island effects, provide habitat for native fauna and are important for biodiversity.
The City's Urban Forest Strategy outlines projections and targets for the creation and enhancement of a resilient urban forest over the next 20 years. One objective is to encourage the retention and planting of trees.
While most trees are worthy of protection where feasible, Significant trees are trees which have exceptional characteristics that make them highly valuable and worthy of being afforded a greater level of protection under Local Planning Scheme No. 42 (PDF 490KB). A Significant Tree Register identifies these trees. The first Significant Tree Register (PDF 2.3MB) was adopted at the 19 April 2022 Ordinary Council Meeting.
What is the Significant Tree Register?
The register is a document that lists the trees in an area which are considered to be outstanding for one or more reasons and which are therefore particularly worthy of protection. The register sets out a description of each significant tree, its location and the reason for its protection.
Download the latest register (PDF 2.3MB).
What is the purpose of the register?
To protect individual or groups of trees that are highly valued in our community, outstanding and valuable. A Significant Tree meets at least one of the following categories of significance:
How do I nominate a tree?
Do you know of a tree that you think meets the criteria of a significant tree? Read the frequently asked questions (PDF 260KB) and complete the nomination form (PDF 260KB).
If you are nominating a tree on private land (someone else's property), please provide them with the Important Information for Landowners (PDF 220KB) and ask them to sign the nomination form.
The City will consider the trees in bulk in accordance with Recognition and Protection of Significant Trees policy (PDF 250KB) and present a recommendation for Council to include the new trees that meet the criteria.
For more information, please contact the City Greening Team via firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 1300 422 664.