Detailed assessment criteria
Outstanding Visual or Aesthetic Significance
(a) Trees that are outstanding for their height, trunk diameter or canopy spread.
(b) Trees that occur in a very prominent location or context.
(c) Trees that contribute significantly to the landscape in which they grow [including streetscapes, parks, gardens or natural landscapes].
(d) Trees that exhibit an unusual growth form or physical feature, including unusually pruned forms.
(e) Trees that exemplify an important and valued taste or landscape style.
Botanic or Scientific Significance
(a) Trees that are rare or of an important genetic value that could provide important and valuable propagating stock. This could include specimens that are particularly resistant to disease or climatic extremes or have a particular growth form.
(b) Trees that demonstrate a likelihood of producing information that will help the wider understanding of natural or cultural history by virtue of its use as a research site, teaching site, type locality or benchmark site.
Significant Ecological Value
(a) Rare, threatened or locally uncommon species or ecological community.
(b) Indigenous remnant trees that predate the urban development in its immediate proximity.
(c) Trees that make a significant contribution to the integrity of an ecological community, including its role as a seed source or specialised habitat.
(d) A remnant specimen now reduced in range or abundance, which indicates the former extent of the species, or particularly range limits.
(e) Trees which provide a significant habitat element for rare, threatened or locally uncommon or common native species.
Historical or Commemorative Significance
(a) Trees that are associated with public significance or important historical and commemorative events.
(b) Trees associated with a heritage listed place and representative of that same historic era.
(c) Trees that are particularly old or vulnerable.
(d) Trees that are associated with a significant person or group of persons.
(a) Trees that have strong or special associations with a particular community or cultural group for reasons of strong religious, spiritual, cultural or other social associations, including trees associated with aboriginal heritage and culture.
(b) Trees that are important to the local community and/or are important to a community’s sense of place.