Protecting significant trees in Randwick
On 28 August 2007 Randwick City Council adopted a comprehensive Register of Significant Trees.
The purpose of this document is to identify and recognise the special importance of particularly significant trees in the landscape, to guide their management and to ensure their protection for future generations.
The Register is divided into four volumes:
Volume 1 - Significant Trees in Public Parks and Reserves (Randwick City Council)
Significant Tree Register - Volume 1 (pdf 3.77MB)
Volume 2 - Significant Street Trees (Randwick City Council)
Significant Tree Register - Volume 2 (pdf 2.15MB)
Volume 3 - Significant Trees: Other Government authorities, Instituational, Religious and Non-government Organisations
Significant Tree Register - Volume 3 (pdf 7.32MB)
The assessment methodology for determining significant trees is based on the criteria developed for the Register of the National Estate, in accordance with the Burra Charter. This is a nationally consistent approach to heritage identification and assessment and can be applied to all types of heritage places and items.
A thorough physical examination of trees in relation to their natural occurrence or cultural history was conducted and supported through extensive field work and examination of reports, photographs, archival material and oral evidence.
The collected data was then evaluated on the basis of each tree's (or group of trees) contextual relationship to other similar trees (or groups) and relative importance in terms of the following criteria:
- historic and/or natural value (i.e. indigenous/cultivated origin)
- botanic/scientific value
- social, cultural and commemorative value
- visual and aesthetic value
The heritage values for each listed tree or group of trees has been encapsulated in a Statement of Significance which involves interpretation and analysis of comparative points of importance (e.g. values, including rarity, biodiversity, individual and/or group, landmark, representative and integrity, research, and social, cultural and spiritual associations).
The criteria relate to both the cultural and natural significance of an item and place. The heritage values of a significant tree or group of trees are almost always multi-layered.
Development consent for pruning or removal
All trees listed on Council's Register of Significant Trees require development consent to either prune or remove rather than the usual process of simply lodging an application to prune/remove tree/s.
This ensures that the whole range of important heritage and historic values associated with any tree or group of trees listed on the register are taken into account whenever they are assessed for pruning or removal and this more detailed process affords them the added protection they require.