What trees do for us

As well as making our city a nicer place to live, trees help us by:

  • acting as climate regulators, moderating temperature, wind and reflective glare
  • absorbing and reducing pollution
  • producing oxygen
  • improving water quality after storms by removing toxins before the rainwater reaches our waterways.

Visually, trees improve the urban environment by softening hard cityscapes and creating a sense of space. They also tend to increase property values.

Trees on public land

AlburyCity manages Albury’s estimated 40,000 street trees and 15,000 parkland trees. We have recorded a lot of them in a database, which helps us carry out our tree management responsibilities quickly and efficiently.

Trees on private property

Residents are responsible for trees on their property. However, under NSW planning laws you need Council approval before pruning or removing any tree that’s over 4.5m tall or has branches more than 3m long.

You’ll find more information on the Request tree works page.

Finding the right Arborist

Before you hire an Arborist to prune or remove a tree:

  • get at least three quotes
  • ask to see their public liability and worker’s compensation certificates (public liability insurance should be for a minimum of $20 million)
  • check their qualifications and/or industry memberships – they should at least have qualifications from a recognised institution such as a TAFE
  • ask for references or recommendations from previous clients
  • agree on the scope of the work you want them to do
  • if you’re getting a tree cut down, ask for the quote to include the cost of removing the stump – if the stump remains, it may get termites.
  • Request permission for tree works

    Request Permission for Tree Works

    As a homeowner, you are responsible for looking after the trees on your property. However, under NSW law you need to get Council approval to prune or remove any tree that’s over 4.5m tall or has branches more than 3m long.

    Read more about Request Permission for Tree Works