Well maintained nature strips and street trees keep Wellington looking attractive, making it a more pleasant place to live, work and play. As well as providing us with essential oxygen, trees play an important role in enhancing the character and identity of our region.
Residents are required to maintain the nature strip in front of their home. Generally, this refers to the regular mowing, weeding and trimming of the nature strips but may extend to the management of other vegetation types (excluding trees) as needed.
Nature strips also provide space for utilities such as power, water and telecommunications. Clear access is required for repairs or tapping new lines within the nature strip. Council, or other Service Authorities are under no obligation to reinstate landscaped areas following works.
Residents, through the Nature Strip Landscaping Guidelines (listed in the tab below), are supported to develop landscapes.
Any landscaping of nature strips must not impact or obstruct safe public use or access for the relevant Council and Service Authorities.
Street trees on nature strips belong to Council. The planting of street trees is guided by the Urban Forest Management section contained within Public Open Space Plan 2014 -2024.
To ensure that the species selected is suitable Council will evaluate the selection to ensure that the type of tree fulfils requirements in regards to safety, maintenance, underground/overhead services, signage and road intersections.
Landowners are not permitted to damage or remove trees on the nature strip, or plant new trees.
Nature strips and street trees provide various community and environmental benefits by: