How to keep Eltham evergreen

Street trees

Did you know that you can request council plant a tree on your nature strip?

Whilst not all sites are suitable for street trees due to location of utilities infrastructure or the size of the nature strip, Nillumbik residents can request that council plant a street tree in front of their property and the site will be assessed for suitability.

Planting takes place between April and September and council maintains the tree for two years. Single trees and multiple trees along a whole street are included in Nillumbik Shire Council’s tree planting program so why not get your neighbours to request a street tree too?

In order to be included in next year’s tree planting schedule requests must be made to council by the end of November. 

If you would like to request for a tree to be planted, please contact Nillumbik Customer Experience on 9433 3111 or [email protected] and the site will be assessed for planting.


Community planting

There are several groups which undertake community planting days and maintain vegetation in specific areas, such as the Friends of the Diamond Creek, Eltham Lower Park and Friends of Edendale.

Keep an eye out for planting days or working bees and come along to meet local residents and improve your community at the same time.

Details of local groups can be found at


On your property

A great way to help retain the green and leafy Eltham we love is to plant trees and vegetation on your property. It really helps to choose indigenous plants (these are plants which occur naturally in a specific local area rather than native plants which occur naturally across the country) and to source your plants from local nurseries such as Edendale Farm Nursery and La Trobe University Indigenous Plant Nursery

Nillumbik Shire Council has published a handy guide called Live Local, Plant Local which has heaps of information on how to chose the best indigenous plants for your garden.