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We need your help in saving our significant trees?


Do you have a truly knock-out, rare or historically important tree in your garden or is there one in your neighbour’s garden or in a park or public place close by?

If you answer YES to any of the questions we’d love you to nominate that tree or encourage your neighbour to nominate that tree for listing on Bayside Council’s Significant Tree Register.

Your nomination could help save some of our truly glorious trees and ensure they are there for our children, grandchildren and future generations to enjoy in years to come.

But how do you recognise a significant tree? What are the tell-tale signs? What do you need to look out for (particularly if you are someone who is not especially good at identifying trees and is simply a ‘dendrophile’, a lover of trees?)

According to  Bayside City Council, here are some of the key things to look out for when trying to determine if you tree passes muster:

  • It is rare and unusual. You have never seen one of its kind before. You’ve asked your friends and family, even the nursery, and they are all at a complete loss as to what it is. It could well be a remnant tree which is a naturally occurring tree that grew in the area prior to white settlement.
  • It is outstanding for its size. It is the tallest or the biggest of its type in the area or of its species. It has a particularly large trunk or has outstanding canopy which not only provides wonderful shade but is great habitat for local fauna. The River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) at the Wells Road Kindergarten is a great example. (See image). The Moreton Bay Fig (Ficus macrophylla) at 2 Beach Road is another great example. (See image).
  • Great looking tree. It makes a wonderful contribution to the landscape and is an outstanding example of its species. It could even have some curious growth forms or unusual physical features. This should spark statements like: “I have never seen that in a tree before”. (DO YOU HAVE AN EXAMPLE SHANE?)
  • Historical context. The tree is located on a property that is historically important. It could be the place where an important event took place or where an important person or group of people once lived. The Moreton Bay Figs (Ficus macrophylla) at Black Rock House and the Cork Oak (Quercus suber) at Brighton Town Hall are two truly great examples. It is worth keeping in mind that even if the original home or building is no longer on the property, the tree retains its significance given its context.
  • Important landmark. It was and still is an important geographic reference point or recognised feature in the landscape. The Norfolk pines at bottom of …??? are used by sailors and fishermen as a vital reference point when they are out in the bay. They know when they are in line with those trees that ……… ??
  • Contemporary association with the community. People feel particularly connected to a tree for whatever reason. It may be a tree in a park that they climbed as a young child or where there parents married under.


It is important to point out that the tree you nominate does not need to be a native or indigenous. It simply needs to be the most outstanding of its type. It needs to be  “The best of the best of the best”.

Okay, so your tree meets the criteria listed above. What next?

Step 1. Complete a Significant Tree application form (or encourage your neighbour to do so). Here is the link to the nomination form. Don’t get too strung out on the detail but focus instead on why you believe the tree is significant.

Step 2: Once the application has been submitted, one of Council’s Arborists will check it out to see if it has the potential to meet the necessary criteria set by the National Trust. If Council’s Arborist believes the nominated tree is potentially significant an external arborist will provide a report.

Step 3: If the external arborist assesses the tree as being significant, Council staff develop a report to put before Council.

Step 4: Should the Council give it the green light; it will be added to register.


Magnificent trees abound in Beaumaris, are listed below. Help preserve our leafy green environment for everyone to enjoy.

BCS is happy to help you with the Significant Tree Register process, feel free to get in contact.