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Tree register criteria

Exceptional trees may be included on the Tree Register if they are considered to be of high heritage, landscape or scientific value.

The criteria for inclusion on the register is that the tree or group of trees:

  • is located in the built up urban area
  • has natural or cultural heritage value and/or
  • has landscape and aesthetic value and/or
  • has scientific value.

Built up urban area

To determine whether the tree is located in the built-up urban area view the Tree Protection (Built-up Urban Areas) Declaration 2010.

Natural or cultural heritage value

Trees with natural or cultural heritage value are of particular importance to the community due to their intrinsic heritage values. A tree may be considered to be of natural or cultural heritage value when it is:

(a) associated with a significant public figure or important historical event or

(b) of high cultural heritage value to the community or cultural group, including trees associated with aboriginal heritage and culture or

(c) associated with a heritage nominated place and representative of that same historic period.

Landscape and aesthetic value

Trees with landscape and aesthetic value are of particular importance to the community due to their substantial contribution to the surrounding landscape. A tree may be considered to be of landscape and aesthetic value if it is situated in a prominent location when viewed from a public place and it:

(a) contributes significantly to the surrounding landscape based on its overall form, structure, vigour and aesthetic values or

(b) represents an outstanding example of the species, including age, size or habit or

(c) is an exceptional example of a native local species that reached maturity prior to urban development in its immediate vicinity.

Scientific value

Trees with scientific value are of particular importance to the community due to their ecological, genetic or botanical significance or ability to substantially contribute to the scientific body of knowledge and understanding. A tree may be considered to be of scientific value when it:

(a) is evidence of the former range limits or extent of the species or an ecological community or

(b) is an endangered or vulnerable species that is endemic to the Territory or local region now reduced in range or abundance or

(c) demonstrates a likelihood of providing information which will contribute significantly to a wider understanding of natural history by virtue of its use as a research site, teaching site, type locality or benchmark site or

(d) is of botanical or genetic value and is not well represented elsewhere in the Territory or is a significant habitat element for a threatened native species.

The Conservator may include a tree on the register under section 52 of the Act if it is located on built-up urban area and it can be demonstrated that it contributes to one or more of the values above when considered in the context of, and included with, other trees in its immediate vicinity.

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We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

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