Why trees are important
Trees provide shade, protection from the wind and improve air quality. They play an important role in natural ecosystems, including reducing outbreaks of pests, protect fragile soils and prevent salinity problems.
Trees can also:
- Provide habitat for native animals
- Reduce the effects of urban heat
- Reduce airborne pollution
- Protect from soil erosion
- Reduce exposure to the sun and UV rays
- Improve physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing
- Create privacy and lessen noise
- Provide a connection to nature
- Reduce demand for energy
- Contribute to ecological biodiversity
- Beautify our streets and encourage us to get outside
Local Tree Management Controls
The specific benefits of an individual tree or group of trees are not always valued.
Over-mature, damaged or poorly maintained trees may deteriorate and become potentially hazardous.
Healthy trees may conflict with buildings or other structures. Some trees may be classed as weeds, or may simply compete with other elements in a landscape.
For these reasons, Cumberland City Council has adopted Tree Management Controls for urban trees.
- Application for Approval to Prune/Remove a Tree/s and/or Vegetation
- Pre-DA Lodgement Advice for Tree/s and/or Vegetation on Proposed Development Sites
- Tree Application Process
- Tree Management Controls
- Native Tree List
- Qualified Arborist List
- Submission Requirements for Consulting Arborists’ Impact Assessment Report
What to plant in Cumberland
Choose plants that have the best chance of survival in our area and attract wildlife to gardens.
Key guidelines for tree removal and pruning
For many ‘woody’ trees that are over 3.6 metres high, you’ll need Council’s written approval before removing or pruning them. This especially applies to native trees. Some other trees, such as non-natives or trees growing close to buildings may be an exception.
For full details on Council’s tree removal and pruning guidelines, download Tree Management Controls (193KB)
Tree management forms
- Tree Approval Application (PDF 179 KB)
- Application to Review Refusal Tree Works (PDF 166 KB)
- Tree Application Process (PDF 355 KB)
- Tree Management Controls (PDF 193 KB)
- Native Tree List (PDF 2.49 MB)
- Qualified Arborist List (PDF 174 KB)
- Submission Requirements for Consulting Arborists’ Impact Assessment Report (PDF 182 KB)
For more information contact Council on 02 8757 9000.