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Street Trees

The City of Nedlands is widely recognised as a district of green and leafy suburbs. For a large portion of the community this characteristic is an integral part of the desirability of living in the City. Local streetscapes and the wider community benefit from street trees in a variety of ways including:
• Providing shade and protection from the elements
• Reducing glare
• Improving mental health and well-being
• Providing habitat for a diversity of fauna
• Adding moisture and oxygen to the air
• Removing carbon dioxide and other air pollutants
• Providing attractive streetscapes that soften the built environment
• Providing a sense of place and a connection to nature

Street Trees Policy

With the continued growth and renewal of the City, and the associated impacts to trees on private property, there is likely to be an emerging significance attached to the City’s street trees. It is Council’s objective through policy to secure the benefits provided by the City’s street trees to ensure they remain accessible into the future. To view Council’s Street Trees policy click here.

Street Tree Management

Council and the community have identified improved management of the City’s street tree assets as a key focus in the City of Nedlands Strategic Community Plan. The City manages approximately 18,000 street trees and intends to increase this number over time. A street tree management plan has been developed and is being implemented to ensure Council’s and the community’s vision for preservation and enhancement of its tree-lined streets is realised.

Who is responsible for maintaining street trees?

Street trees are living assets belonging to the City and its community. The City is responsible for the maintenance of all trees located on the nature strip (verge) including planting, pruning and removal.
A large proportion of street trees within the City are mature and require ongoing maintenance to ensure the benefits they provide can continue. Where overhead power lines are present, street trees are required to be pruned by the City in accordance with Western Power requirements for the clearance of overhead power lines.

The City uses both its own staff and contractors to maintain its trees to ensure:
• Trees enhance the streetscape
• Pedestrians can walk safely and comfortably under trees
• Road and street signs are kept visible
• Vehicle users can safely see and can access streets and properties
• Trees are kept away from powerlines
• Street lights are not obstructed
• Public safety and protection of property is maintained

All pruning of street trees is carried out by suitably qualified personnel in accordance with best practice arboricultural techniques and standards.

Can I remove a street tree?

Not without approval; you are required to seek approval from the City if you wish to remove a street tree for any reason. If you are planning a new house or development and intend carrying out any private works on the nature strip, including altering your crossover or removing a street tree, you are required to complete and submit a Nature Strip Development Application. This is a separate process to the Planning / Development application process. For more information refer to the Street Trees FAQ and Nature Strip Development Application links on this page.

What species of street trees does the City plant?

The decisions made in respect of street tree selection are crucial in that trees are intended to occupy the streetscape for anywhere up to 150 years. Street tree species selection requires careful consideration of many factors and is based on the principle of ‘Suitable trees for suitable locations’. The City has assessed a broad range of trees and compiled a list of suitable species for use as street trees. You can view the Street Trees Preferred Species List via the link on this page or obtain a copy by contacting the City.

How can I request a street tree?

You can request a street tree for your nature strip by contacting the City's Parks Technical Officer on 9273 3500. Please refer to the Request a Free Street Tree link on this page for more information.

Street Tree Database

The City maintains a street tree database that includes detailed information on individual street tree specimens. The information recorded includes species, size, approximate age, condition, value, suitability, life expectancy and location. This information assists with street tree management and informs strategies for providing sustainable streetscapes throughout the City.

Public Safety

In the interest of public safety and potential liability issues, structures such as, but not limited to, cubby houses, platforms, ladders etc. are not permitted to be constructed in street trees.

Request a free street tree!

Request a free street tree!

Treat yourself to a street tree this winter planting season!