Nature strips have a range of important functions, such as:

  • supporting local biodiversity 
  • creating beautiful streets
  • providing space for footpaths and bin collections.

We are responsible for keeping nature strips safe and accessible, including maintaining trees on your nature strip. 

You can't prune, remove or do works to a tree on a nature strip. Report a problem with a tree on your nature strip to us on our tree issues, pruning and maintenance page.

Request a tree on your nature strip

If you'd like a tree planted on your nature strip, use our report an issue form to request one. 

Request a tree on your nature strip

We'll visit the nature strip to assess:

  • whether there's enough space for a tree
  • what type of tree would be best for your street.

After we've assessed the nature strip, we'll leave a card in your letterbox to let you know if your request was approved.

If we approve your request, we'll leave a card in your letterbox to let you know when the new tree is planted. 

We plant trees between May and September each year.

Landscape or plant on your nature strip

You don't need a permit to mow the grass or plant new grass on your nature strip.

You do need a Nature Strip Renovation Permit to do works on your nature strip such as:

  • planting
  • mulching
  • landscaping.

Apply for a Nature Strip Renovation Permit

Before you apply for a permit, read our Nature Strip Guidelines below to learn what you can and can't do on your nature strip.

Then complete the application form for a Nature Strip Renovation Permit. 

Submit your application by email to [email protected] or in person to council offices at 8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell Victoria 3124.

We'll assess your application and get back to you within 21 days.

Once you've received your permit, you can start your works. Your permit does not expire. 

More information

For more information, contact our Parks and Infrastructure team at [email protected] or on (03) 9278 4444.


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