The City of Burnside is looking after the trees in our streets and parks for everyone.
These trees make up our Urban Forest. We've mapped over 40,000 trees!
This website shares information to support the forest and help make it grow.
The City of Burnside recognises the importance the Urban Forest plays in providing green infrastructure, which benefits the community in many ways, including:
There is a lot of research showing that trees play an important role in making communities feel safe and reducing stress.
Individual tree data for City of Burnside trees is presented below. Pan and Zoom into different areas of the Council, click on tree symbols to reveal details, and select between different locations and filters.
The City of Burnside has been granted a wonderful legacy - the trees that make up its urban forest.
Some remnant native trees predate European settlement. The Urban Forest provides social, economic and environmental benefits to the community and are recognised as a valuable community asset. Trees are recognised in the City of Burnside as beautifying and softening streetscapes, providing wildlife habitat and playing a significant role in determining the urban character of our city. Our trees are critical for maintaining a healthy liveable urban environment by producing oxygen, trapping airborne pollutants, absorbing carbon dioxide and reducing heat.
Council has a strategic framework to protect, care for and nurture trees in its streets, parks and reserves. More information about the management of the Urban Forest is available through the City of Burnside Urban Tree Strategy.
Still here today, click the picture to see in Google StreetView. Photo showing tree on Glynburn Road. Date 1912. Source: State Library
There are six key objectives in the City of Burnside Urban Tree Strategy 2014 - 2025:
The City of Burnside will continue to replace trees as they reach the end of their Useful Life Expectancy (ULE) to ensure a sustainable Urban Forest tree population for future generations to enjoy.
The graph below shows the percentage of trees, by suburb, identified as having a ULE of less than 5 years. Tree replacement programs will focus on these areas to ensure the urban forest remains sustainable.
A key objective of the City of Burnside Urban Tree Strategy is to increase tree canopy. To achieve this, the City of Burnside seeks new tree planting opportunities in appropriate locations.
The City of Burnside has identified future planting locations throughout the City. To find out if a tree is planned for the front of your property, explore the interactive map. If you would like to request a tree to be planted please contact Council.
The City’s Urban Forest is a mix of native, exotic, evergreen and deciduous trees. The City of Burnside recognises that low species diversity has the potential to create an unstable ecosystem that is vulnerable to pest and disease attack.
It is important that an Urban Forest has a healthy mix of species. A key objective of the City of Burnside Urban Tree Strategy is to increase species diversity and improve the age spread of the Urban Forest.
The graph below shows that 56% of the urban forest is represented by only 10 tree species, potentially making it vulnerable to pest and disease.