Keeping your street shady and green

Street tree planting Brisbane

Trees growing on the footpath or beside the road give our city its subtropical feel, cool our pathways and keep our streets shady and green. These street trees are an important part of our urban forest; keeping our air clean, providing habitats for our unique animals and preserving green spaces for the future.

Brisbane City Council selects plants and maintains street trees to make sure they complement the character in which they are planted and do not impact on the safety of pedestrians, road users or services such as powerlines.

If you would like to help care for our city's urban forest by trimming the tree in the front of your home, you can apply for a permit to carry out ongoing minor street tree pruning. Once you have a permit, you can remove small overhanging branches above your front fence, driveway or footpath. The permit conditions ensure that safety measures are in place and the pruning will promote the tree's long term health. For the safety of your neighbours, remove trimmed vegetation and dispose of it at one of our resource recovery centres, in your green waste recycling bin, or turn it into mulch for your garden.

If you are looking for more ways to keep Brisbane clean, green and sustainable, come along to a tree planting event and plant new street trees with your neighbours. Celebrate your hard work afterwards with a free barbecue and a cold drink and take home three free plants for your garden. Find out when the next tree planting events will be held.

If a street near you needs street tree maintenance, phone Council on 07 3403 8888. If the street tree is growing through, or within one metre of powerlines, report an overgrown tree to Energex.

Date posted: Friday, 16th March, 2018
Last updated:8 May 2019
Topics: blog green