Protecting Ku-ring-gai’s trees

Published on 20 February 2024

Tree Darnley St Gordon

Strengthened tree regulations are now being enforced by Ku-ring-gai Council in its commitment to protecting the area’s highly valued tree canopy.

The tougher measures being rolled out in a staged campaign means residents who breach the conditions of their DAs and CDCs through illegal tree removal, will be required to replace them with a like tree in addition to fines. Residents undertaking works on their land should expect to be monitored and conditions enforced in accordance with their development approval. We will not be deterred by people who cut down trees to improve views or home value in violation of their development approval.

Ku-ring-gai prides itself on having more trees than most council areas in Sydney, with a current canopy cover of 45%. Council has an ambitious target for its tree canopy to grow to 49% by 2036 which means an additional 44 thousand trees planted in Ku-ring-gai. 

Council will continue to work with our community to protect trees and our canopy which includes increased scrutiny of building works, monitoring any illegal tree removal and enforcing their replacement and penalties. 

Our trees are important part of the cultural identity of Ku-ring-gai, where residents value trees and the natural landscape. Council will protect and enhance the urban forest to ensure this unique character and established canopy cover is preserved and improved for future generations.

Council’s tree replacement measures have already come into effect. For more information about trees, go to our website or contact the Council on 9424 0000.

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