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:

Enhances air quality
Creates habitat
Energy conserved
Improves stormwater runoff
Increases property value

Trees and Human Health

Trees create healthy environments to support healthy people. There is a vast body of research to support the benefits of trees, from cleaning air and cooling cities, to encouraging active lifestyles and psychological health.

Heat and Tree Canopy Mapping

A Heat Map is included on this website (see the base map options below). The heat map demonstrates the value of trees for urban cooling. Tree-lined streets, like Alexandra Avenue in Rose Park, are notably cooler (blue) than surrounding areas.

Tree Stories

Trees can inspire us and be part of memorable experiences. Visit the tree stories webpage to read and share experiences with trees.

Tree Stories

Join our Burnside Urban Foresters

The City of Burnside is developing volunteering opportunities for residents to learn about and participate in urban forestry activities. Register your interest to find out more.

Map Explore the tree data

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.




Conserving the Urban Forest

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.

Glynburn tree 1912

Still here today, click the picture to see in Google StreetView. Photo showing tree on Glynburn Road. Date 1912. Source: State Library


Tree Management Strategy

There are six key objectives in the City of Burnside Urban Tree Strategy 2014 - 2025:

  • Increase species diversity and improve the age spread of the Urban Forest
  • Protect trees
  • Improve the quality and quantity of the City of Burnside's canopy cover
  • Facilitate continuous improvement
  • Adopt sustainable management practices
  • Provide a clear framework for all management actions

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Useful Life Expectancy

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.

Trees with a Useful Life Expectancy of less than 5 years, % by Suburb

Tree Planting

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.

Vacant Tree Map

Species Diversity

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.

Top 10 Species planted in Council