Street tree program
Street trees in the local area will be protected and maintained as part of the City of Sydney's tree maintenance program.
More street trees will be planted to ensure the various benefits they provide can be enjoyed by present and future generations. Our target is to increase the local area's green canopy by 50%.
Arborists and management teams from the City have worked closely with the community to develop the tree policies and street tree planting program.
Planting street trees
Over the past 8 years, more than 8,200 street trees have planted throughout the local area. The City plants the street trees in the cooler months of the year, from March to October, to ensure they do not suffer heat stress and establish quickly.
We plant large trees that are suited to the surrounds. Using quality stock and improved installation and maintenance procedures means our newly planted trees will grow into healthy and mature specimens.
The street tree master plan contains more information about the types of trees that will be planted in different streets.
Due to tree management and legal liability issues, street trees should only be planted by the City, unless as a condition of development approval.
Street tree pruning
Street tree maintenance in the local area is planned and carried out by the City. This ensures street trees are assessed each year by our qualified teams and local greenery meets the highest arboricultural standards.
Street trees will be pruned to:
- remove any dead, dying or dangerous branches
- allow people and traffic to pass under the branches freely
- allow enough space underneath branches where they are near buildings
- improve their health and appearance
- ensure they don’t block traffic signs.
Street trees will not be pruned to:
- allow or improve a view
- reduce fruit or leaf fall, sap drop, bird droppings or similar
- increase street lighting onto private property
- violate in any way laws and regulations that protect trees.
If you believe a street tree requires pruning, please review the relevant tree management policies first. You should then contact the City online. The tree will be assessed and any necessary work will be carried out by our staff.
Please do not prune street trees yourself. They are public property and it is the City’s responsibility to look after them.
Tree pruning for power line clearance
The City does not prune trees for power line clearance. Ausgrid is responsible for pruning street trees in these circumstances and sets out the required clearance for its power lines. Please visit the Ausgrid site for more information.
Street tree removal
Trees, like all living things, grow, age and eventually die. Whilst tree removal is a last resort option, public safety is always a priority.
If the City inspects a tree and decides to remove it for one of the reasons specified above, a sign is placed on the trunk giving the reason for removal and the replacement planting proposed. Contact details of the inspecting officer are also included in the sign.
City of Sydney
Tel: 02 9265 9333
Last updated: Friday, 24 May 2013