Urban Forest

The Urban Forest is defined as the totality of trees and shrubs on all public and private land in and around urban areas (including bushland, parkland, gardens and streets).

Council’s Urban Forest Policy recognises that the Urban Forest is a vital component to the urban landscape and ecosystem providing such benefits as natural beauty, climatic influence, reduction in pollution, asset protection and social amenity.

Managing Mosman’s Urban Forest

It is Council’s policy that the Urban Forest is conserved, replenished and enhanced, using best management and Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) principles, while seeking to meet the needs and desires of property owners, residents and other visitors to Mosman.

The instruments used by Council to manage Mosman’s Urban Forest include:

Note: Street Tree Masterplan was updated September 2012

Council’s Street Tree Masterplan has been updated to reflect objectives outlined in the revised Development Control Plans (adopted by Council March 2012).

In particular,

“Sites within the Habitat Link identified on the Biodiversity Corridor and Habitat Link Map are to incorporate species which are Australian native, in particular those indigenous to Mosman, are to be incorporated into any landscape design. Applicants must have regard to the retention and where possible extension of habitat for native fauna”.

A report was adopted by Council recommending changes be made to the Street Tree Masterplan. As a result streets within the habitat corridor have had their listed street tree species replaced with more suitable indigenous species. Future street tree planting will be required to adhere to the species listed in the Street Tree Masterplan updated September 2012.

Urban Forest Management Register

This Register is used by Council as a tool to manage specific trees within the Municipality. The trees listed may be single or groups of trees, on both public or private property, and are considered to have an exceptional value (visually, culturally, naturally or ecologically) within the Urban Forest.

The Register is reviewed wholly every 6 years although trees may be added to the register, including nominations from the public, at any time.