Giving trees a helping hand in Whitehorse

Whitehorse News - May 2021

Large, old trees are treasured in Whitehorse and Council is doing its part to protect them. 

Whitehorse Council has acknowledged and celebrated these trees in 2002, 2006 and 2016 by recognising them under a Vegetation Protection Overlay.

As trees age, they can require more care, so Council created the Tree Assistance Fund to support the owners of these large trees to care for them properly.

In the first year of the fund, 42 Whitehorse households were helped with works including pruning and removal of dead wood by qualified arborists.

One of the recipients of the grant was this apple gum in Burwood East (pictured). 

Local arborist Len McKeown was engaged to care for the tree, which suffered an attack by vandals a few years ago. Len has found it rewarding to see this tree return to health because the contribution it makes to the streetscape is huge.

More info: trees@whitehorse.vic.gov.au