Wyndham City Council is committed to enhancing the environment and liveability for residents. As part of this commitment the nature strip outside of your property may have been included in Council’s next planting season for street trees which is scheduled to commence in April 2019 and will finish in August 2019.
To view a map of the locations marked for planting in the current planting season or to provide feedback, click on the link below:
Tips for caring for a new tree
- Provide extra water, especially during times of low rainfall.
- Avoid placing grass clipping around the trunk of a tree. This causes a fungal disease, Collar rot.
- Leave the stakes in place. Council will remove these after 2 years.
2020 Street Tree Planting Program Requests
Wyndham is recognised as having one of the lowest 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. Council is committed to increasing canopy cover to 25% by 2040. Approximately 7,000 advanced trees will be planted throughout the municipality in 2019.
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.
Tree planting process
We strive to plant the right tree in the right place.
In order to achieve this, we follow a process where:
- An experienced contractor assesses the nature strip and determines the suitability for a tree. The most appropriate tree species is recommended at this time.
- Our experienced tree planting contractors carry out the plantings. This occurs between May and August.
- The recently planted tree is watered and provided maintenance at appropriate intervals for approximately 2-years.
Wyndham can be a tough place for a recently planted tree to survive.
The tree’s health and performance will be 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.
Please avoid placing grass clippings at the base of the tree as this causes the fungal disease, Collar rot, to occur.
Tree species selection
Council has selected a tree species to be planted based on:
- Other trees already in the neighbourhood.
- The ability of the new tree to survive and adapt to climatic changes in the local environment
- Local neighbuorhood character
- Available planting space
- Restrictions due to water/gas/electrical services located above or below ground
Council aims to have 100% of suitable nature strips in Wyndham planted with a tree. Most properties within Wyndham will be able to accommodate at least one tree within the nature strip.
Please fill in the below form to request a tree to be planted on your nature strip: