Public Trees and Vegetation

Maintenance of existing trees and vegetation on Council owned and managed land

Council owned and managed trees are considered community infrastructure similar to reserves, sporting fields, roads and footpaths.

Trees not only enhance the beauty of the Hornsby Shire, they also help to keep the streets cool, keep the air clean and provide food and shelter for wildlife.

Street trees provide shade over hard surfaces reducing the ‘heat island’ effect by cooling the hard surfaces and providing shade for parked cars.

Can I prune a tree on Council owned or managed land?

Residents of the Hornsby Shire are not permitted to prune or remove a tree on Council owned or managed land.

If you are concerned about a tree located on Council owned or managed land (eg nature strips, parks and sportsgrounds) lodge a service request with Council and one of Councils AQF5 Arborists will assess the tree in question in accordance with Councils Tree Assessment Principles along with the implementation of an industry recognised risk assessment to determine if maintenance is required.

Once you have lodged a service request, Council will inform you in writing when it has commenced action on your request. Please use the service request search tool to view progress and / or updates.

Lodge a service request

Telephone – Call Council’s Customer Service team on 9847 6666 (office hours)

Typical requests include:
  • The collection of branches fallen from nature strip trees
  • General pruning and maintenance of street trees
  • Request to plant a tree on nature strip
  • Investigation of private trees overhanging public spaces (nature strip, walkway, footpath etc)
  • For queries in relation to power line clearance pruning, please call Ausgrid Customer Service Centre on 13 15 35 or www.ausgrid.com.au/Contact-Us

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