2020 tree planting program
Plans for the 2020 tree planting program are now complete and trees have arrived in our McKenzie Street Nursery ready to go in the ground.
Tree planting commences on Monday May 4, 2020.
As part of the Greening Greater Bendigo initiative the City is prioritising street tree planting in areas that need it the most. Areas with few trees and little shade will be prioritised, as well as locations with high volumes of pedestrian and cycling traffic and residents that are particularly vulnerable to heat.
Properties with trees being planted nearby will receive notification in the mail in the weeks prior to planting.
Request a tree
Planning for the 2020 tree planting program is now complete.
Any new requests will be now be considered for planting as part of the 2021 tree planting program.
You can request a tree for your street by:
- Contacting Customer Service on phone 03 5434 6000, or
- Request a street tree using our online form
Your request will be assessed and, if approved, added to our tree planting schedule for planting for the next planting season.
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 at https://bendigo.pozi.com/
Simply go the address you want and click on the new street tree icon to find out which species will be planted.
Alternatively, look up the list of tree locations from the list https://www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/About/Document-Library/tree-planting-locations-2020-pdf
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 commences on May 4 and will continue into June and July.
Tree planting will start in Kangaroo Flat and Golden Square in early May and continue throughout the urban area into June. Townships are likely to be planted towards the end of the program.
Residents will receive notification in the mailbox in the week or two before 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 2021 tree planting program. Whilst we will endeavour to get any tree planting requests attended to we are limited by available 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, restake or re-tie the tree as this is Council's responsbilty and may infact do more harm than good
- 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 brushcutters or whipper-snippers near the base of the tree as this may cause damage or result in the tree becoming "ring barked"