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.

Council's landscaping team is making the most of the damp and cold conditions of winter 2018 to plant hundreds of trees in streets, parks and reserves across the city.

This season, more than 900 trees will be planted. The program has passed the half-way point and planting will soon be stepped up with concentrated activity in new parklands and estates.

The team is planting a mix of species, chosen for location and environmental conditions.

For example, exotic trees are often planted in inner-city and older locations to match the historic species growing there, while native trees are often the best fit for newer neighbourhoods, such as the growth area of Thurgoona-Wirlinga.

Adding to that best-fit practice, the team aims to plants trees that are indigenous to specific locations as part of efforts to restore naturally-occurring vegetation to areas that have been cleared in the past.

The idea is to ensure a tree is growing outside every local home, creating wildlife habitat and shade in summer while enhancing Albury’s reputation as a city with beautiful streetscapes.

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.