Tree Strategy

Over the last decade, the number of trees lost from Council’s streets and urban parks has been greater than the number planted. If current planting rates and losses are sustained then Mitcham could lose up to 40% of the existing tree canopy over coming decades. To address this, a new tree strategy was developed. The Strategy aims to establish procedures to determine and to reflect community preferences regarding trees to make Mitcham’s parks and streetscapes look and feel the way the community wants them to look and feel. In the short term, the Strategy takes a precautionary approach and assumes that maintaining the current level of tree cover is prudent. 

The community consultation on the Tree Strategy 2016-2025 was undertaken in May 2016.

At the Council meeting on 28 June 2016 Council adopted the Tree Strategy 2016 – 2025 to guide tree management into the next decade.  

28 June 2016 Full Council Agenda.pdf(29716 kb)

28 June 2016 Full Council Minutes.pdf(247 kb)

Thank you for everyone who provided feedback.

Tree Strategy 2016-2025

The Tree Strategy’s aims to provide the urban forest that Mitcham’s community wants. Council can now begin planning some major changes to the way trees are managed across Mitcham. Next year the number of trees to be planted will increase to 1,100, with up to 1,800 trees to be planted each year after 2025. Planting more trees each year will offset the increasing number that are currently being lost and will keep Mitcham green into the future.

Over the coming years Council will be preparing tree asset management plans in consultation with the community. These plans will ensure that local issues including heritage, habitat and amenity concerns are adequately addressed. Management plans will also detail which tree species will be planted, where they will be located, and what other features (such as stormwater harvesting and understorey planting) might be available to improve street amenity.

Council is also increasing street tree audits. This will ensure trees are well maintained and that the public is kept safe. Increasing audits will also keep check on tree numbers and how successful the planting programs are. Monitoring tree numbers at the suburb level will keep staff better informed so they can plan planting works where they are most needed.

As well as planting new trees to replace those that are lost for various reasons, Council will expand its program to maintain whole avenues and streetscapes. Many of our best and shadiest avenues are planted with ageing trees like Jacarandas and White Cedars. Some of these ageing trees are deteriorating more quickly than others. Each year Council removes the worst trees from some of these avenues and replaces them with saplings. This way the amenity and value of the avenue is maintained through the replacement process. By staging tree replacement over time in this way, Council is able to prevent the streetscape deteriorating too much and to preserve its values indefinitely.         

Tree Strategy(17769 kb)

Contact Details

Comments or questions in regards to this Tree Strategy can be directed to:

Tim Johnson
Arboricultural Officer - Design and Technical
Phone: 8374 7790

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