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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

Zones Pruned Month Pruned Year Due Zones Pruned Month Pruned Year Due
1, 2, 3 July 2017 4, 5 August 2017
6, 7 September 2017 8, 36 October 2017
9, 10 November 2017 11A, 11B December 2017
11C, 12A January 2018 12B, 13 February 2018
14A, 15A March 2018 14B, 14C July 2018
14D, 32 August 2018 14E, 29 April 2018
15B, 16A April 2018 16B May 2018
17A, 17B, 18 December 2018 19, 21 January 2017
20, 26, 38 September 2018 22, 23 February 2017
24, 25 March 2017 27, 28A, 28B, 35 October 2018
30, 33 May 2017 31, 34, 37 November 2018

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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