Tree vandalism

Council takes tree vandalism very seriously. It costs Council and the community over $5000 a year in tree stock and well over $10,000 in removal of old trees that have been poisoned. Depending on the severity of the case, the cost to the community can be more than $8000 for investigation, signage, replacement and remediation every time it happens.

Tree vandalism is the purposeful and illegal destruction of trees, including by poisoning, felling and pruning. If Council suspects a tree has been vandalised, a sign will be posted on the tree as Council investigates the matter and a letter requesting information regarding the offence will be circulated to adjacent residents.

What can you do to help?

Residents and the public are encouraged to become involved by:

  • contacting Council if they notice any unusual activity around trees. Earlier notification provides a better chance of catching those responsible and being able to save a tree
  • talking to their neighbours to encourage awareness of any tree vandalism

Should you witness any deliberate damage to street and park trees you can contact Council on 9932 1000 or email

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