Trees

The Town of Claremont is enhanced by a diverse range of well-developed tree stocks, of both native and exotic species. The information provided below covers most aspects involved in the planting, care, maintenance and selection process of trees for the Town.

Many of the trees within the Town of Claremont are over 100 years old and residents are proud of these historic features and are keen on preservation. In recognising this, the Town has instituted an annual maintenance programme and guidelines/policies for these heritage listed trees to ensure their preservation. 

Information Sheets

Encroaching Trees click here
Private Trees click here
Verges click here

Guidelines for the Tree Maintenance & Preservation

Trees in your Property / Private Trees

While trees on your property are your asset the Town of Claremont requests and appreciates your contribution to the overall greening of the Town by making every effort to preserve trees wherever possible. Before removing a tree on your property the Town of Claremont encourages you to contact us to discuss alternative approaches which may allow the tree to be retained without significant disruption to your lifestyle.

The same applies to the practice of severely lopping trees.  Please get qualified advice first.  Severe lopping creates more problems than it solves in the long run. There are better ways to manage your trees!  If required, the Town of Claremont can recommend an Arborist for consultancy purposes, at the resident’s expense.

To view the Town of Claremont’s Tree Preservation Policy please click here

Trees in your Neighbours property

Should you have any concerns regarding over hanging vegetation or roots from neighbours trees please refer to the following website link from Legal Aid click here

Street Trees

The Town of Claremont’s street trees are considered a most valuable asset, as they provide shade, nesting and food for native birds, assist in heat reduction and replenishment of the atmosphere, while enhancing the streetscape.

Many Queensland Box Trees exist within the Town; these trees have been grown primarily to facilitate overhead powerlines as they can endure the harsh pruning that is necessary for power line clearance year after year.

The Town of Claremont ha implemented a Street Tree Masterplan which has been endorsed by Council for damaged, post mature and stressed trees.  A number of native and exotic tree species have been carefully selected and designated to specific streets to further enhance the existing streetscapes.

To view the town wide Street Tree Masterplan please click here
To view Council's Street Tree policy click here.

If you have concerns about your street tree, or would like one planted, please do not undertake any planting, pruning or removal yourself. Contact the Town for assistance by clicking here.

To apply for a tree removal, please click here to complete the Application to Remove Street Tree Form.  If approved, all tree removals will be compensated with a new verge tree, in line with the Street Tree Masterplan.

If you would like to apply for a new verge tree, please click here to complete and submit the Application for New Verge Tree Form.  Please note that new verge trees are first come first served basis. While the Town endeavours to accommodate all residents, some applications received after April 30 will be programmed for the following year.

Perth’s Greenways

 ‘‘Greenways’ is a generic term that has been applied to a wide range of landscape planning strategies, concepts and plans. Greenways have been identified as having conservation, recreation, heritage and educational values.  The ‘Strategic Plan for Perth’s Greenways’ was commissioned by the Ministry for Planning in association with the Commonwealth Department of Transport and Regional Development. Preparation of this ‘Strategic Plan for Perth’s Greenways’ has been guided by a Steering Committee with representation from the State Agencies, Local Governments and community groups. Membership of the Steering Committee was drawn from the Ministry for Planning, Department of Conservation and Land Management, WA Municipal Association, Department of Environmental Protection, Water and Rivers Commission, Main Roads WA, Swan Catchment Centre, Conservation Council, Greening WA and the Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers.

The preparation of the Strategic Plan was funded through the Commonwealth Government’s Urban Forest Programme. Much of the direction of the Strategic Plan is based on the views expressed by the many people and organisations consulted.
The Strategic Plan for Perth’s Greenways builds on and connects areas of remnant vegetation, wetlands and walking trails within the metropolitan region. Priority has been given to identifying strategic Greenways that provide:
  • East-west corridors which link the coast to freshwater and bushland habitats, 
  • Linkages along foreshore areas,
  • linkages between wetlands, 
  • Linkages between large areas of bushland.

To obtain further information, a copy of the Strategic Plan for Perth’s Greenways document is available for perusal at the Town of Claremont Library, in the Corporate Library Section.

Western Suburbs Regional Organisational Council (WESROC)

A Greening is a structured and systematic approach to managing, protecting, preserving and enhancing vegetation in parks and reserves, private land and road reserves.  It includes rehabilitation of degraded areas, securing open space and developing and enhancing linkages between green areas to maintain environmental values. The Greening Plan includes an inventory of existing open space areas and identifies additional green space possibilities.  The plan guides on-ground works and future policy and planning applications.
Greening Plan Report WESROC
Greening Plan Fig 9

Dangerous Branches & Trees

If you wish to report any dangerous branches or trees, toc@claremont.wa.gov.au. 
Please be advised that this electronic notification will only be actioned during normal office hours. 
For emergency response after hours please call (08) 9285 4300 for the after hours rostered officer’s contact number.

Caterpillar Trouble - How to control them.

If you have Cape Lilac trees in your garden the chances are you also have caterpillars.
A White Cedar moth caterpillar grows up to 40 mm and is dark brown with a yellow head and masses of long grey and black hairs. The hairs can cause irritation so don’t pick them up with bare hands.

Their only food source is the lilac trees, also known as white cedars which grow all over Claremont’s older areas.

The best way to control them is to wrap an old sheet or a piece of hessian cloth around the base of the tree to form a collar. Sprinkle the fabric with Carbaryl dust or a pyrethrin spray. Cislin 10 is an excellent choice as it is residual and low in toxicity. Any other garden caterpillar spray will work, your local hardware or garden shop can advise you.

You should also treat a two metre radius around the tree and look for caterpillars elsewhere in the garden too. Favourite hiding places are under the capping of super six fencing, woodpiles, shadecloths, pots and in garden sheds.

The caterpillars usually appear in September and October as the weather starts to warm up and stick around for 4 to 6 generations around 4 to 6 weeks apart, so you will need to apply treatment every 3 to 4 weeks to stop the breeding cycle.