Heritage Trees Chelmer project

Brisbane City Council is pleased to advise that works to preserve the heritage trees on Laurel Avenue, Chelmer is now complete. Works commenced from mid-October 2020 until mid-February 2021.

Project summary

Project information for the Heritage Trees Chelmer project.
Address Laurel Avenue, Chelmer
Ward Tennyson
Project outcomes Protect and revitalise the camphor laurel street trees
Latest update Project complete

About the project

This project is part of Council’s commitment to grow, protect, sustain and celebrate street and park tree assets as an important element of a resilient urban forest that will deliver essential community benefits, such as shade, cooling and amenity for current and future generations.

Some of the camphor laurel trees along Laurel Avenue, Chelmer are estimated to be over 100 years old. The street trees were declining in health and this project aimed to protect and revitalise them for the future.

Council undertook works to the camphor laurel trees on both the western and eastern side of Laurel Avenue, between houses 14 and 123 Laurel Avenue.

The works involved:

  • installing underground tree watering systems and associated stormwater drains in the grass verge areas around the camphor laurel street trees to capture and provide more water to the tree roots
  • installing new BushMates ‘trails’ where agreed with residents between the property boundary and the street trees, including at pedestrian crossing points at Jarrott Street. The Jarrott Street crossing required some minor vegetation trimming to facilitate the works
  • installing a new soil structure under the road pavement in some locations along Laurel Avenue, approximately one metre from the kerb and channel, and replacing the affected road pavement. This will increase soil volume and encourage root growth in these areas. This work is a trial for consideration across future Council projects
  • removing deadwood and conducting general pruning to the camphor laurel trees
  • undertaking general reinstatement work, installing shade tolerant turf and some water-smart companion planting where required.

More information

If you would like to find out more about this project, you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 669 416 during business hours
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888 outside of business hours
  • email the project team
  • write to:
    Heritage Trees Chelmer project
    City Projects
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
Last updated: 16 February 2021