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Street tree maintenance

Street Tree Maintenance

When will trees in my street be pruned?

Large Eucalyptus tree

Council proactively inspects and prunes all street trees on a two year basis. The municipality is divided into zones with each zone being pruned at a specific time. Through this program, Council ensures that:

  • trees are clear of overhead electric wires.
  • pedestrians are safe to use footpaths without concern of low hanging branches.
  • traffic is safe to use the roadway without concern for low branches.
  • deadwood is removed from the tree.
  • juvenile trees are shaped.

Tree Pruning Zones in Knox

The following map shows the different tree pruning zones in Knox. Click the image to enlarge the map, or you can download the map PDF below.

A map of Knox showing the different tree pruning zones
A map of Knox showing the different tree pruning zones. Click to enlarge.

Tree Pruning Dates

Pruning zone Pruning period Pruning zone Pruning period Pruning zone Pruning period
Zone 1 Jul - 2019 Zone 14B Jul - 2018 Zone 24 Mar - 2019
Zone 2 Jul - 2019 Zone 14C Jul - 2018 Zone 25 Mar - 2019
Zone 3 Jul - 2019 Zone 14D Aug - 2018 Zone 26 Sep - 2018
Zone 4 Aug - 2019 Zone 14E Apr - 2019 Zone 27 Oct - 2018
Zone 5 Aug - 2019 Zone 15A Mar - 2020 Zone 28A Oct - 2018
Zone 6 Sep - 2019 Zone 15B Apr - 2020 Zone 28B Oct - 2018
Zone 7 Sep - 2019 Zone 16A Apr - 2020 Zone 29 Apr - 2019
Zone 8 Oct - 2019 Zone 16B May - 2020 Zone 30 May - 2019
Zone 9 Nov - 2019 Zone 17A Dec - 2018 Zone 31 Nov - 2018
Zone 10 Nov - 2019 Zone 17B Dec - 2018 Zone 32 Aug - 2018
Zone 11A Dec - 2019 Zone 18 Dec - 2018 Zone 33 Sep - 2019
Zone 11B Dec - 2019 Zone 19 Jan - 2018 Zone 34 Nov - 2018
Zone 11C Jan - 2020 Zone 20 Sep - 2018 Zone 35 Oct - 2018
Zone 12A Jan - 2020 Zone 21 Jan - 2019 Zone 36 Oct - 2019
Zone 12B Feb - 2020 Zone 22 Feb - 2019 Zone 37 May - 2018
Zone 13 Feb - 2020 Zone 23 Feb - 2019 Zone 38 Oct - 2018
Zone 14A Mar - 2020

Tree removals as a result of development

Any private tree enquiries should be directed to Council's Planning department on 9298 8000. Council's Parks department is responsible for the trees located on Council nature strips and property.

Council advocates for the retention of its trees and looks to alternatives in developments to ensure retention as identified in Council's Liveable Streets Policy. The Parks department carries out an assessment on the viability of a tree with focus placed on the tree's retention value to determine if it can be removed. Where trees are identified as a possible removal, street trees affected by developments will be given a monetary value using the valuation method developed by the City of Melbourne. The method has been developed for local conditions and is well suited to Council's street trees.

Nature strip tree removals as a result of development should be made through Council's Planning department as all Council permits and documentation need to be finalised prior to any works being carried out on Council trees.

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