Helping keep Moonee Valley green and beautiful
Moonee Valley is renowned for its leafy trees and lush parks and gardens.
As well as providing us with the most important thing of all, oxygen, trees play an important role in enhancing the character and identity of our city.
We have more than 50,000 street trees, of both native and exotic species.
Learn more in our Tree Management Strategy (pdf, 3.52MB) and Electric Line Clearance Management Plan (pdf, 3.59MB).
Adopt a tree
Help keep our city green and reduce water consumption by adopting a street tree!
Those who adopt a tree are asked to water it whenever they have a drop to spare. Street trees don’t require much water. In fact, a bucket of reclaimed water from the laundry or shower will help maintain the trees and keep our streets green.
Parents of adopted trees will get:
- adoption certificates
- a bucket
- a litre of environmentally-friendly laundry liquid
To adopt a street tree, send us an email with your name, address, phone number and the location of your adopted street tree.
You can also call us on 9243 8888.
What is a significant tree?
Trees are classified as 'significant' after being independently assessed against the National Trust Significant Trees criteria, which has 12 categories:
- horticultural or genetic value
- unique location or context
- rare or localised distribution
- particularly old specimen
- outstanding size
- aesthetic value
- curious growth habitat
- historical significance
- connection to Aboriginal culture
- outstanding example of species
- remnant vegetation
- outstanding habitat
Significant trees can be located on both public and private land and can be a singular tree or a group of trees.
What planning controls protect significant trees?
The Environmental Significance Overlay (ESO) protects the municipality's significant trees.
Under the ESO, a planning permit is required for:
- the removal of any tree identified within the register
- for any building and works proposed within each tree’s respective tree protection zone (TPZ)
A TPZ is an area surrounding a tree in which development should be managed in order to prevent damage to the tree and its root structure. The TPZ is calculated as 12 x diameter at breast height (trunk diameter at 1.4 metres above ground level).
A TPZ is applied so that we can assess a proposed development’s impact on the respective tree’s root system which, if damaged, can severely impact on the health of the tree.
TPZs can extend across property boundaries. This means your property could be included in the ESO even if the significant tree is not located on your land.
For more information please contact our Strategic Planning team on 9243 8888.