Which trees are “protected”?
In New South Wales, trees are currently broadly protected under the State Environmental Planning Policy and each Council’s Development Control Plan. These policies aim to preserve the amenity and biodiversity of the land by preserving trees and vegetation. They prohibit cutting down, pruning or damaging trees which are defined in a Development Control Plan. There may be additional protections on particular species, heritage properties or areas, environmentally sensitive vegetation or individual properties. New Leaf Arboriculture can provide up to date, accurate advice on the current status of particular trees, and the process needed to prune, remove or otherwise intervene with trees.