Many trees within Wyndham contain significant scientific, social, historic and amenity attributes. It is the purpose of the significant tree register to provide a framework where significant trees within the municipality can be identified, assessed and afforded appropriate protection.
In the first instance, Council aims to identify and protect trees of significance located on land owned or managed by Council, within the public realm. This register contains an individual Statement of Tree Significance for each significant tree feature, which will ultimately support an amendment to the planning scheme. Once planning controls are implemented, a permit will be required to remove or carry out major works on any tree listed within this register.
This register is intended to be a continually evolving entity. The register will be updated to include additional significant tree features, and to remove those that no longer exist within the landscape. As outlined in the City Forest and Habitat Strategy, once the initial public realm process is established Council will review options for including trees within the private realm.
In excess of one hundred and twenty (120) trees were nominated as part of the initial process. The nominations were shortlisted to eighty-eight (88) tree features, which were then assessed against a defined criterion. Both a suitably qualified arborist and a suitably qualified historian assessed the shortlisted significant tree nominations.
The arboricultural assessments were carried out between August and September 2017. The arborist primarily assessed the trees’ scientific, social and aesthetic attributes. The historical assessments took place between February and April 2018. The historian primarily assessed the trees’ historical qualities.
Additional tree features were identified during the consultation stages that may be eligible for inclusion in future revisions of the register. Council is currently committed to a subsequent nomination round of trees within the public realm, which will be carried out by 2020.