Street trees

Our network of street trees plays an important role in representing the character and identity of Moonee Valley. We have more than 50,000 street trees with a balance of both native and exotic species.

Read our Tree Management Strategy (pdf, 3.5MB) and Electrical Line Clearance Management Plan (pdf, 4.8MB).

Adopt a street tree

By adopting a street tree you can help keep Moonee Valley green while also helping to reduce our water consumption across the city.

Residents who adopt a tree are asked to water it whenever they have a drop to spare. Street trees don’t require much tap water. In fact, a bucket of reclaimed water from the laundry or shower will help maintain these trees and keep our streets green.

Parents of adopted trees will get:

  • adoption certificates
  • a bucket
  • a litre of environmentally-friendly laundry liquid

Send us an email to adopt a street tree. Include your name, address, phone number and the location of your adopted street tree.

You can also register your interest by calling us on 9243 8888.

Local tree pruning works

We regularly inspect our street trees for safety across Moonee Valley over a two year cycle. All trees that need it are pruned to improve the trees health, structural integrity, and appearance, and to ensure they are clear of overhead powerlines, footpaths and roads.

The program also fulfils our statutory obligations to both Vic Roads and Energy Safe Victoria.

Pruning works schedule:

Suburb Timeframe
Airport West September 2016 – October 2016
Moonee Ponds and Aberfeldie October 2016 – December 2016
Ascot Vale and Travancore Jan 2017 – February 2017
Avondale Heights May 2017 – June 2017
Niddrie June 2017
Flemington July 2017 – September 2017
Keilor East October 2017 – November 2017
Strathmore and Strathmore heights December 2017 – January 2018
Essendon and Essendon North February 2018 – April 2018

If residents have a concern with a street tree outside of our tree pruning cycle, they can call Councils Citizens Services on 9243 8888 and lodge a request to have their tree inspected by one of Council’s officers.

Frequently asked questions

How can I get a different tree to the species nominated for my property/street?
There is a list of approved species in the Tree Management Strategy. If you would prefer a species listed in the strategy, please contact the Senior Arborist on 9243 8888 to discuss.

I’d like a tree on my nature strip removed or trimmed, how can I arrange this?
You can make an online service request or call us on 9243 8888. An officer will attend to inspect your tree and determine whether your request meets the criteria in section 10 and 11 of the Tree Management Strategy.

Am I allowed to prune my own street tree?
Residents are not to prune trees on nature strips. Trees must be pruned by qualified Council staff. To request this, make an online service request or call us on 9243 8888.  An officer will attend to inspect your tree and determine whether your request meets the criteria in section 10 and 11 of the Tree Management Strategy.

Am I allowed to plant my own street tree?
A: You will need to gain approval from Council before planting your own street tree by contacting Parks and Gardens on 9243 8888. We will review your case, and in most cases agree that you may plant your own street tree provided it is one of the approved tree species. If you do choose to plant your own street tree, it will be at your own cost.

My Street is not due for planting for some years, how can I have this brought forward?
Please contact 9243 8888 to request this service. An officer will attend to inspect your street to determine if your street can be included in the next planting season.

I do not have a nature-strip tree so how can I get one?
Please contact 9243 8888 to request this service. An officer will attend to inspect your street to determine if your street can be included in the next planting season.

Need more information?

Please contact the Parks and Gardens team on 9243 8888.

Last updated: Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 5:23 AM