Tree planting and selection

Find out the many benefits provided by trees and vegetation and the proactive planting of trees the City of Port Phillip in nature strips, parks and reserves. Request a tree be planted, tree selection considerations and find out about street tree planting programs.
Tree branches with sunlight illuminating the leaves.

Trees and other vegetation in public and private spaces provide many benefits including:

  • shelter
  • shade
  • beauty
  • cleaner air
  • regulated temperature
  • reduced energy needs of nearby spaces
  • treating and cleaning stormwater
  • protecting and increasing the life of infrastructure
  • providing habitat.

We will proactively plant trees in nature strips, parks and reserves, and other Council owned and managed land to:

  • increase canopy cover to achieve a greener, cooler and more liveable city
  • increase the number of trees within our streets and other Council owned and managed land
  • preserve and enhance the local character of the distinct areas within the city
  • provide biological diversity.

For further information on the benefits of trees, see page 14 of the Greening Port Phillip strategy.

Request a tree be planted

To request for a street tree to be planted, please lodge your location and details using Online Services or the Snap Send Solve app.

Tree selection

There is no one perfect urban tree and no one perfect urban environment.

The urban environment is a varied collection of micro-climates and soil conditions, which can change dramatically within the space of a few metres.

As such, a site analysis of each major planting site will be conducted to allow for more appropriate tree species selections.

When selecting trees to plant in specific areas of our city, we consider:

  • the suitability of the tree for the site
  • the surrounding planting themes
  • adaptability to climate change.

The most successful strategy is to match the planting site limitations with the right tree.

Street tree planting programs

Street tree planting work involves three different programs within a street or street section:

  • In-fill planting: planting out with the same or similar species.
  • Partial renewal: removing some declining or inappropriate trees, and in-fill planting to reinforce a preferred tree species. This program may also involve the construction of new or improved planting sites, such as in-road planters or expanded sites in hard surfaces.
  • Renewal: removing most, if not all, inappropriate or declining street trees and replacing with appropriate species. This program could also incorporate the creation of new or improved planting sites.

Contact Park Services

Phone: 03 9209 6777

Email: assist@portphillip.vic.gov.au 

Post: Park Services, City of Port Phillip, Private Bag No. 3, St Kilda PO VIC 3182

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