Ballarat has a long and proud history of tree planting and is renowned for its extensive and diverse tree population. As the city grows, increased infill developments and subdivisions may have implications for trees throughout the city. Trees on private property and older, larger trees are particularly vulnerable to development and changes to land use.
Launched in 2014, the City of Ballarat Exceptional Tree Register is a formal list of significant trees in the municipality. The Register will identify and assist in the protection of these exceptional trees on private and public land.
Why create an Exceptional Tree Register?
Exceptional trees, both in the private and public realm, are an important and integral community and heritage asset to Ballarat. Many trees are protected under current planning scheme overlays however there is no comprehensive study identifying exceptional trees in Ballarat.
A formal Register identifying public and private trees provides recognition of the amenity, character and cultural value exceptional trees bring to the urban and rural environments.
How will the Register be created?
Assessment of what is considered exceptional can be quite subjective. A process of nomination and registration, followed by evaluation and consideration by a panel, will create the Register.
Nominations may be submitted for the Register at any time. The City of Ballarat is currently assessing over 500 tree nominations already received.
How do I make a nomination?
All residents are invited to nominate public and private trees in the City of Ballarat.