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Tree policy

Council manages over 80,000 trees in the public realm and has a target of doubling the canopy cover in the municipality by 2040.

Trees in Royal Park

We consider our trees to be an important city infrastructure asset; therefore all management options will be explored and exhausted before tree removal is recommended. The ability to maximise planting and greening opportunities will be considered when reviewing planning applications. 

Before any tree can be removed, a site inspection and arboricultural assessment of the tree is conducted to determine the validity of the removal request. All reasonable tree risk management controls will be considered to ensure public tree risk is within the City of Melbourne’s accepted range. This may include immediate tree removal.

our acknowledgement

  • Torres Strait Islander Flag
  • Aboriginal People Flag

The City of Melbourne respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land we govern, the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Bunurong / Boon Wurrung peoples of the Kulin and pays respect to their Elders past and present. 


We acknowledge and honour the unbroken spiritual, cultural and political connection they have maintained to this unique place for more than 2000 generations.

We accept the invitation in the Uluru Statement from the Heart and are committed to walking together to build a better future.