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This article was published on Tuesday, 21 July, 2015. The information contained within may be out of date or inaccurate. News articles and media releases older than 60 days are archived for future reference.

Street trees replanting program underway

Approximately 800 street trees are being planted on nature strips around the municipality as part of the Greater Shepparton City Council’s annual street tree renewal program.

Each year, between May and September advanced street trees are planted in various locations throughout Greater Shepparton. These trees are then subject to a detailed horticultural maintenance program to ensure they mature into healthy and structurally sound trees.

Council’s Acting Manager Parks, Sport and Recreation, Heath Chasemore, said trees provide significant economic, social, environmental, ecological and aesthetic benefits to our communities and assist in the creation of neighbourhood character and identity of our urban streets.

“Council removes older trees that are past their best or causing damage and replaces them with more suitable advanced trees,” said Mr Chasemore. “We generally plant more trees than we remove. In new residential development areas Council will maintain the trees once the developer completes planting to our requirements.”

“We look after the trees for the first two years with watering and maintenance by which stage they are usually well established. Residents are provided with information on how to look after the trees and in really hot weather it would be great if they could provide the trees with a bucket of water if they need it,” said Mr Chasemore.

“Tree planting is conducted during the cooler months of the year and the trees we choose are 6-8 months old when we receive them. Some are chosen specifically for planting under power lines so they do not cause maintenance issues when they are full grown.”

Trees currently being planted include Dwarf Apple (Angophora Hispida), Watergums (Tristaniopsis Laurina), Ornamental Pears (Pyrus Calleryana), and Chinese Pistachio (Pistacia Chinensis).


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