Treescape Planting Program
Joseph Street, West Leederville - a fine example of a beautiful treescape
Cambridge Council is embarking on an ambitious street tree planting program that, when complete, will see the Town's streets transformed into magnficent tree-lined vistas.
The Town will work systematically to implement the street tree planting program along its more than 300 streets.
39 streets have been identified as ‘priority streets’ and tree planting in these streets will be completed in about five years. A further 22 streets will be identified for planting on a year by year basis, with the full program expected to be completed in around 12 years.
The program started in 2013 and, in its first year, saw approximately 230 trees planted in 23 streets across all suburbs of Cambridge.
It’s anticipated a similar number of trees, if not more, will be planted during this year’s program, expected to commence in early June.
Why are we doing it?
Some years ago it was recognised that with less rainfall, hotter temperatures and the spread of urban development, the survival of existing street trees and planting of new street trees was a critical issue for the Town.
To address this concern, the Treescape Plan 2010-2020 was developed, a revision of the earlier Treescape Plan 2002-2012. This comprehensive document sets the guidelines for managing all street trees in the Town. It provides the basis for creating treescapes that complement our built and natural environment, are considerate of the heritage and historical values of our suburbs, and are adaptable to climate change.
Read the Treescape Plan here.
How will you know when the planting program is coming to your street?
Several weeks before any tree planting is carried out in a street a Street Tree Planting Program information brochure will be delivered to the letterbox of each resident. This brochure is accompanied by a fact sheet on the species of tree selected for planting in the street.
This information will also be posted to property owners who do not live at the address.
Soon after receiving this information, verges of properties that have been selected as part of this year’s program will have an ‘X’ painted on them, indicating where a tree is to be planted.
View the Street Tree Planting Program brochure here.
What to do if you don't want a tree planted on your verge
If you would like to request a tree not be planted on your verge it will be necessary for you to complete and lodge with the Town a Tree Planting Exemption Request (form available below). Reason/s for the request are required to be included (and should address health and safety issues). Upon receipt of the request, it will be reviewed and you will be advised in writing of the outcome.
Download a Tree Planting Exemption Form here.
The facts about the trees to be planted in your street
The fact sheet, that will accompany the Street Tree Planting Program brochure, containing information specific to the species of tree to be planted in your street.
The fact sheet will explain the reason this species has been chosen for your street and provide information about the tree including its growth habit, how long it will take to get to maturity and what it will look like.
View below fact sheets on the species of trees selected for planting across the Town.
For more information on the Treescape Planting Program contact us.