Significant Tree Register

The Significant Tree Register was established by Council on 22 October 2012.   Forty-one trees and several historic rows of poplars have been placed on the register. The trees were nominated by members of the Community and assessed by a specialist panel who believed they have special significance to the Community or the environment.  The significant trees are located in public spaces, parkland, reserves, streetscapes and privately owned properties. Many of these trees have a story to tell and may have strong associations with past events and people.

The aim of the Significant Tree Register is to identify, recognise and protect those trees across the municipality that have the highest aesthetic, cultural or commemorative values.  The register also recognises the importance of significant trees in our urban landscapes. The register will help guide the management of these trees and ensure their continued protection for the benefit of the community and for future generations.

For more detail regarding the Register and what makes a tree “significant”, please see the links below.

The Significant Tree Register  is available for downloading.

For further information on a particular tree download the tree's Register Listing Sheet.

WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANT TREE REGISTER?

Many of the trees found in our parks, gardens and road reserves are of aesthetic and historical importance.  In acknowledging these important values Kingborough Council has established  a Significant Tree Register  that identifies the region's 'exceptional' trees.The register is a list of trees considered to be highly unusual and/or highly valued, over and above other trees of their type in the Kingborough municipality.  It consists of native and non-native trees on both public and private land.  The register is publically available and once trees have been listed they have statutory protection.  Council will work to ensure the trees have appropriate protection and encourage careful planning and management around them.  Once a tree is listed on the Register it cannot be removed or damaged without approval from Council.

View the Significant Tree Register Policy. 

Advertising has closed for the 2012 Nominations for the Significant Tree Register. 

If you know a tree within Kingborough which you feel meets the categories of significance below you may nominate it for assessment. Council aims to assess the nominations by the end of 2013.

WHAT MAKES A TREE SIGNIFICANT?

A tree must meet the requirements of one or more categories of significance that will act to set the tree apart from others of its type to be included on the register.  The categories were reviewed by the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and include:

  • tree size and/or age;
  • aesthetic beauty;
  • rarity;
  • unusual physical form;
  • historical significance; and
  • landscape significance.
HOW ARE TREES PLACED ON THE REGISTER?

Everyone in Kingborough is invited to nominate trees to be on the register.  The Nomination Form is available for download or from Customer Service at the Civic Centre, Kingston. 

Nominations must demonstrate that the tree being nominated is genuinely significant in some way.  Anyone making a nomination is asked to provide as much information about the tree as they can, including a photo.  Each nomination is assessed by a panel made up of people with expertise and experience in arboriculture, cultural heritage, environmental management, urban and/or landscape design. 

The panel will make recommendations to Council as to whether the nominations qualify as significant and whether they ought to be added to the register.  Their recommendation will depend, in part, on how unusual or significant the nomination is in relation to other such trees in Kingborough.

DO LANDOWNERS AND OTHERS HAVE A SAY?

Yes.  Each round of nominations will be advertised and any affected landowners contacted directly when they themselves have not made the nomination.  The general public have 14 days to make a submission to Council about a nomination.  Landowners  have four weeks to make a submission.  All submissions are taken into account in assessing nominations.

CAN A TREE BE REMOVED FROM THE REGISTER?

A tree may be delisted by Council if it becomes unsafe or for some other reason is no longer considered significant.  A landowner or third party may also apply to have a tree delisted.  However, delisting for the sake of development alone is not encouraged and Council will prioritise conservation of significant trees in determining an application for delisting.

All nominations for delisting will be advertised and assessed under a similar process to listing nominations.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITES

Once a tree has been nominated for inclusion on the Significant Tree Register, the tree is protected by the Council's Health and Environmental Services By-Law 3 of 2011  which protects all native trees in Kingborough. This protection remains in place until the assessment process has been completed and the landowner formally advised of the outcome.

After a tree is registered both the Council and the landowner have responsibilities for the ongoing preservation of the tree.

View Landowner Roles & Responsibilities

FURTHER INFORMATION

The Nomination Form contains further detail about the categories of significance and the type of information required to assess a nomination.

For any specific questions about the register contact Council's Customer Service on (03) 6211 8200.

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