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Pruning and removing trees

Permission may be required to prune or remove trees. Make sure you’re aware of the rules and regulations before you start work.

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.

This winter, about 850 trees are being planted in streets and other public places across the city as part of our seasonal planting program.

Most of the trees will be planted in new housing areas to beautify new neighbourhoods while also providing environmental and shading benefits for many years to come.

Once again, we’re planting a mixture of native and exotic trees with species chosen to best suit their location. There will be a strong focus on planting natives in the Thurgoona-Wirlinga growth corridor to reflect the area’s strong environmental values.

Part of the program includes replacing street trees that were damaged in storms in early 2019, while about 100 new trees will be planted as part of the Lavington Sports Ground redevelopment.

Winter is the ideal time to give new trees the best start. Largely dormant over the cooler months, the trees will develop their root systems when conditions become warmer and we can look forward to strong growth when spring arrives.

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

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.

How we decide whether to approve tree works

To decide whether to approve a Tree Preservation Order application, our Arborist considers:

  • how healthy the tree is and if there’s a risk of damage or injury if it isn’t pruned or removed
  • if it suits the growing space and conditions
  • its aesthetic value and impact on the local landscape
  • any structural damage it’s causing to utilities and Council and/or other assets
  • if it’s native and part of a local endangered ecological community
  • its habitat value of the tree for animals
  • its historical and cultural significance
  • if there’s an alternative to cutting it down, such as pruning branches or roots or installing root guards.

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.
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