New trees are planted to replace dead or missing trees in newly developed landscapes as well as established areas. Trees are replaced with the designated species of the street or park, or similar, to ensure the look and feel of the urban landscape is retained for future generations.
Across the ACT 25,000 trees will be planted by 2023 to enhance our urban forest. Planting locations will focus on areas where there aren't many trees or where existing trees are ageing or dying.
Residents are encouraged to monitor and care for young trees in their neighbourhood to maximise survival rates.
Requesting a tree
Residents may request trees to be planted on nature strips or in parks. Requests are placed on a database for future planting programs, and considered and planted according to:
- site conditions and existing infrastructure
- suitability and availability of tree species
- the time of year
- existing planting programs
- resources available to City Services.
To submit a tree planting request call Access Canberra on 13 22 81 or submit the request online via Fix My Street.
Trees are watered to ensure their establishment and survival. Trees under three years of age in non-irrigated areas are generally watered monthly from November to April. During unusually dry weather, trees may receive additional water.
Residents are encouraged to help water trees in dry weather by pouring a bucket of tank water, or grey water from the shower, on the base of any trees in their street that might be struggling.
Community planting days
We work with volunteer groups who wish to plant and care for trees in public parks. A map of existing urban parks and places volunteer groups and information on how to start a new group is available here.