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Wyndham City Council is committed to enhancing the environment and liveability for residents. As part of this commitment thousands of new trees are planted each year in order to increase Wyndham’s tree canopy cover through the Street Tree Planting Program.

Tree Planting Map 

Click on our Tree Planting Map to view the locations of where trees are being planted in our current and future planting seasons. Check which species has been planned.

Please note that locations are approximate indications only and species are subject to stock availability.

2020 Street Tree Planting

Due to the COVID-19 Stage 4 restrictions, the 2020 Street Tree Planting Program has been placed on hold. The remaining trees that were scheduled for planting will now be added to the 2021 program.

2021 Street Tree Planting

Requests for new street trees received before 31st March 2021 will be included in the 2021 Street Tree Planting Program which runs from April through to August. 

2022 Street Tree Planting

Requests for new street trees received after 31st March 2021 will be included in the 2022 Street Tree Planting Program which runs from April through to August. 

Why Are Trees So Important in Wyndham?

Wyndham is recognised as having one of the lowest tree canopy cover of all Victorian Local Government areas.

Many areas within the municipality are at risk during extreme heat events due to the lack of tree cover combined with the presence of many built surfaces (concrete, asphalt etc.).

This street tree planting program is intended to make Wyndham a more liveable city by keeping temperatures down and providing clean air. Council is committed to increasing canopy cover to 25% by 2040. Over 18,000 trees have been planted since 2018 and over 4000 trees will be planted in 2021.

You can read more about Wyndham’s Canopy Cover Here Wyndham Canopy & Landscape Analysis, 2007 to 2017.

Benefits of Trees

Some benefits of increased canopy cover include:

  • Rain, sun, heat and skin protection: Temperatures can be 5-15 degrees lower when walking along tree-lined streets during hot summer days.
  • Increased values to homes and businesses: Street trees create an attractive street appearance which has been shown to increase property value.
  • Storm water infiltration: Trees absorb up to 30% of initial rainfall through their leaf system easing the pressure on our storm water drains.
  • Reduction of crime: Additional tree cover reduces thefts and burglaries. Studies have shown a 12% decrease in crime associated with a 10% increase in canopy cover.

Street Tree Planting Process

In order to plant the right tree in the right place, we follow a process where:

  • An experienced arborist performs a site assessment to determine the suitability for a new tree. The most appropriate tree species is recommended at this time.
  • Our experienced tree planting contractors carry out the plantings throughout the cooler months of the year (April to August) to provide the new tree with the best chance of establishing.
  • The new tree is watered and provided maintenance at appropriate intervals for 27 months.

Tree Species Selection

Council selects trees that have been shown to perform well in streetscapes and are suitable for the conditions and surrounding infrastructure. The below factors contribute to species selection:

  • Neighbourhood character (existing street tree species)
  • The ability of the new tree to survive and adapt to climatic changes in the local environment
  • Available planting space (nature strip size, road signs, light poles)
  • Above and below ground services (power lines, electricity, gas, water, etc)

Street Tree Species Factsheets

Ongoing Care

Council will provide all newly planted trees with regular watering and maintenance. The tree stakes and water wells will be removed after approximately two years, when the trees have successfully established. However, Wyndham can be a tough place for a recently planted tree to thrive.

The tree’s health and performance will be greatly improved by receiving one deep watering each week during periods of low rainfall. We ask for you to please consider this if you have the capacity.

Tips for caring for a new tree

  • Watering it regularly, at least two buckets of water every week during dry weather
  • Leave the stakes and water well in place
  • Do not place grass or mulch at the base of the tree trunk (this will cause collar rot to occur)
  • Do not prune or transplant the tree

Future expectations

Council aims to have 100% of suitable sites in Wyndham planted with a tree. Most nature strips within Wyndham will be able to accommodate at least one tree.

Additional trees may be planted where space is available.

Vandalism

The vandalism or removal of Council assets, including street trees, without Council approval, is an offence under Clause 14 of the Community Amenity Local Law (2015).  Where Council finds that a person has breached this local law, an infringement notice carrying a penalty of $200 per tree may be issued.  Council may also recover the costs associated with the replacement or repair of Council’s assets. 

Please report tree vandalism to Wyndham City Council on (03) 9742 0777.

Street Tree Planting Objections

Can I object to a tree being planted?

Council will consider any feedback provided in relation to new street tree plantings, however, please note that the street tree planting program is supported by targets set out in the City Forest and Habitat Strategy. In order to achieve these targets and for Wyndham to enjoy all the benefits that trees provide, Council aims to plant one or more tree on each suitable nature strip.

Can I object to the tree if it has already been planted?

New street trees are being planted in accordance with Wyndham’s City Forest and Habitat Strategy (2017 – 2040) and are an asset to our city. In order to provide suitable protection of trees, council refers to the Tree and Urban Forest Policy (2019) for the management of trees. Trees will not be removed because of reasons including (but not limited to):

  • Personal preference;
  • Perceived nuisance (e.g. leaf litter);
  • Limbs extending over private property;
  • A desire for parking space;
  • Allergies, unless medical advice from a medical specialist in the field of allergies is provided, demonstrating the tree significantly diminishes the quality of life and there is no other way of managing the problem; or
  • Fauna living in trees

If you are concerned that a tree has not been planted according to Councils specification, please contact the Customer Service Centre on (03) 9742 0777 or treeplanning@wyndham.vic.gov.au 

If you have further queries about Street Tree Planting, you can contact our Customer Service Team on (03) 9742 0777.

Alternatively, you can email Treeplanning@Wyndham.vic.gov.au

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do we need more trees on nature strips?

Wyndham has been identified as having one of the lowest tree cover rates in Victoria. With less than 8% tree canopy cover (Wyndham Canopy Cover and Landscape Report 2017), our city is vulnerable to increased temperatures, increased energy costs, windy weather conditions, limited wildlife habitat and many other environmental impacts. Trees provide many benefits to the community and environment, such as:

  • Reducing energy costs for households by providing shade to homes
  • Providing shade for roads, homes and pathways which makes our city more liveable
  • Improving the look of the street (research has shown that more trees in a street can increase property value and reduce crime rates!)
  • Improving the health and wellbeing of residents by providing green spaces
  • Providing clean air by filtering pollutants
  • Providing habitat corridors for wildlife and support for Wyndham’s ecosystems

When will my tree be planted?

Council’s contractors plant the trees between April and August, when the weather is cooler and there is enough rain to ensure the new tree gets off to the best start. Because this enormous task is carried by contractors who manage the logistics of the plantings, we cannot provide the dates of when each tree will be planted.

I don’t like the species chosen for my address. Can I request a different species?

Council will consider all requests and may be able to find a suitable substitute, this is dependent on the existing streetscape and available stock. You can provide feedback by calling our customer service team on (03) 9742 0777. Feedback must be made before November 30th as this is when the trees are ordered from the nursery. No changes can be made after this time.

Can I request a fruit tree?

Fruit trees are not included in our list of approved tree species for street tree planting as they require higher levels of care and maintenance and can be problematic when fruit drops onto pathways or roads.

I’m happy to care for the tree, how can I help?

In addition to Council’s care of street trees, we encourage you to care for a new street tree by:

  • Watering it regularly, at least two buckets of water every week during dry weather
  • Leave the stakes and water well in place
  • Not placing grass or mulch at the base of the tree trunk (this will cause collar rot to occur)
  • Not pruning, removing or transplanting the tree
  • Not damaging the tree with vehicles or by any other means (Council local laws prohibit intentional tree vandalism)

Falling leaves make a mess. How can I dispose of leaf litter?

It is natural for trees to lose leaves. There are many ways you can dispose of them. Fallen leaves can be used on garden beds as mulch or added to the compost. Alternatively, you can request a Green Bin or use one of your three free hard and green waste collections.

Can I object to the tree planting?

Council provides notifications to residents where a tree is being planting in the nature strip adjacent to their residence. All feedback will be considered during the feedback period before the trees are ordered. However, once a tree has been planted, it will not be removed.

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