Trees on public land

Tree on council reserve

Council is responsible for trees on public land, parks, gardens, street roadsides and nature strips.

To find out about removing a tree from your property and what approvals you may need, head to trees on private land.

For advice on which trees are best for your property see native plants.

Report a problem or make a request

Fill out the online form to report an issue relating to trees in a public place (such as road reserve, park or bushland). Or feel free to call us on 02 6670 2400.

You can also request a new tree be planted or ask for an existing tree to be pruned or removed. One of our officers will carry out an inspection and any approved works will be completed by one of our tree specialists (arborist).

Some of the considerations when planting a new tree include checking for pedestrian access, vehicle vision and underground services.

Cool Towns tree project

Street trees are a great way to reduce heat in our urban areas. They provide shade, make our streets look nice and have a cooling effect (reducing temperatures by as much as 14 degrees).

Council's Cool Towns Urban Forest Program is focusing on areas of the Tweed that lack shade.

Future programs aim to get the community involved in planting and caring for trees in their own streets and parks.

Trees in powerlines

Essential Energy are responsible for pruning trees that are growing into the powerlines.

Most trees are unsuitable for planting under powerlines. For more information, call 13 23 91 or visit the Essential Energy website.

The following guidelines on their website also provide some helpful advice:

Issues about trees on Council land

Council provides guidelines in dealing with emotive issues about trees on Council land. We handle matters in a fair and consistent way for our community.