Greening Greater Bendigo Planting Program
We're committed to increasing tree cover across urban areas and townships and will be significantly expanding our tree planting efforts over the coming years.
Planning for the 2021 tree planting program is now complete. From May, more than 2,600 trees will be planted across Greater Bendigo by our dedicated Parks and Open Space team.
The 2021 Tree Planting Program focuses on providing natural shade to our many play spaces and reserves and a number of streets most in need of trees.
Refer to our interactive map to see what is being planted and where.
2021 Tree Planting Program Projects
During 2021, we'll be prioritising tree planting to provide natural shade to all City play spaces.
Of Greater Bendigo's 164 play spaces, early years centres and kindergartens:
- 39% have some (but not enough) shade
- 38% have no shade
- 21% have natural shade
- 2% have young trees planted that are not yet providing shade
*No tree planting will occur at play spaces that are due for renewal in the next few years. Tree planting at these locations will be completed at the time of the upgrade.
Tree planting in residential streets is prioritised to those streets who are most in need of trees. This is informed by lack of shade, lack of existing trees, population density and the vulnerability of the community to hot weather.
Refer to our list of streets that will be planted in the 2021 Tree Planting Program
Works were recently completed to construct new tree pits and plant replacement trees in Lily Street, Bendigo between Rowan and McKenzie streets.
This follows the recent removal of several large gum trees that were structurally unsound and compromised from pruning for powerline clearance. The remaining four gums were removed, new tree pits constructed and a total of 14 new trees planted.
The new tree pits are located further out from under overhead wires, minimising future pruning requirements and maximising shade cover over the street. They're also designed to enhance the streetscape and match in with the historic stone kerb and channel. Tree species have been chosen to retain the existing character of Lily Street.
This tree renewal project included:
- Removal of the four remaining gum trees in front of 112 and 114 Lily St
- Removal of four small, poor performing trees in front of numbers 115, 119, 121 and 125
- Cleaning up the road verge and channel and construction of seven new tree pits with bluestone edging
- Planting eight Red Ironbarks (Eucalyptus tricarpa) on the upper side of the street
- Planting six Chinese Elms (Ulmus parvifolia) in the nature strip on the lower side of the street
- Line marking
Request a tree
You can request a tree for your street by:
Your request will be assessed by our team and, if approved, added to our tree planting schedule for planting during the next planting season. While we endeavor to fulfil all tree planting requests as soon as possible, timing of the request and the availability of suitable nursery stock may mean that certain requests are delayed by a season.
All new requests will now be considered as part of the 2022 Tree Planting Program.
Tree planting by the City of Greater Bendigo
The City of Greater Bendigo invests in quality nursery stock and best-practice planting techniques to give all new trees the best start possible. Tree planting is carried out over the winter months and all new trees are watered for the first two summers.
Our urban forest team selects the most appropriate species for a location based on local conditions, climate, neighbourhood character and relevant master plans and strategies.
Planting trees on public land without consent from the City not permitted. Residents who wish to plant a tree on their nature strip are encouraged to lodge a request for tree planting.
Q: I have received notification in the mail that trees will be planted in my street. How do I find out which species will be planted?
You can find out what trees are being planted where by using our interactive map.
Enter the address you want and click on the new street tree icon to find out which species will be planted.
Q: Can I change the tree species?
Tree species have been selected by our qualified arborists on the basis of suitability for a particular area. Future climate, existing environmental conditions, local character and relevant planning controls have all been considered. Given that all trees have now been selected and ordered, requests for a change in species at a location are unlikely to be accommodated.
Q: When will planting occur?
Tree planting occurs during the cooler months when the weather is best for planting trees. This year’s program commenced on May 5 and will continue over winter.
Trees in play spaces, reserves and parks will be planted first.
Tree planting in streets is likely to commence is June starting in Kangaroo Flat and Golden Square and continue throughout the urban area into August. Townships are likely to be planted towards the end of the program.
Residents will receive notification in the mailbox prior to tree planting.
Given the large numbers of trees that are planted as part of the program we are unable to commit to planting a specific location at a given time.
Q: Can I request a tree for planting this winter?
Any new requests for tree planting will now be considered for the 2022 tree planting program. Whilst we will endeavour to get any tree planting requests attended to promptly we are limited by the availability of quality nursery stock at this time of year and budgets which have already been committed.
After your tree has been planted the City of Greater Bendigo is responsible for all ongoing maintenance including watering for the first two years following planting.
- Let us know if your tree is stressed or damaged so we can respond accordingly
- Apply additional water over summer (please no grey water!)
Please do not:
- Prune, re-stake or re-tie the tree. This is Council's responsibility and an inexpert attempt may do more harm than good. Not all trees require tying as this can discourage the tree from developing good form.
- Place grass clippings or mulch around the base of the tree as this can result in its death through a disease called Collar Rot
- Use brush-cutters or whipper-snippers near the base of the tree as this may cause damage or result in the tree becoming "ring barked"