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Preserving the leafy east

Trees are an important part of the Boroondara landscape. They offer many benefits including shade, screening, habitat for biodiversity, and increased property values.

It is important to preserve our significant and protected trees for future generations to enjoy.

Some of Boroondara’s significant trees include:

  • A magnificent river red gum behind Kew Golf Club’s 12th green. This tree was used as a reference marker by Surveyor-General Robert Hoddle in April 1844, and is thought to be at least 200 years old
  • Ruyton Girls’ School’s Moreton Bay fig at “Tarring”, the home of Victorian colonist Edward Henty and his family. The original residence dates back to 1872; the tree and house are both iconic symbols of the school.
  • Kew Cemetery features a number of trees dating back to the original Albert Purchas-designed 1860s landscape. These include a rare golden funeral cypress, an avenue of Bhutan cypress, and a bunya bunya pine.
Two people walking in opposite directions along a path under trees changing colour in Autumn.

Can you help?

Do you know why we have a significant avenue of swamp white oak in Carramar Avenue, Camberwell, or how the rare ombú came to be planted at Central Gardens? Let us know if you can shine a light on their histories, or those of any other significant trees in our City. Send your stories to [email protected]

Need tree work approvals? Save time with our easy online form

Are you planning any building works near a significant or canopy tree? You may need a permit under Council’s Tree Protection Local Law. Make use of our convenient online forms for submitting applications. It’s the best way to make sure we continue to care for our wonderful leafy heritage.
To find the Tree Protection Local Law Permit Form visit Apply for a Tree Protection Local Law Permit and for information about protecting significant and canopy trees while pruning or carrying out works, visit Remove, prune or carry out works near a tree.