City trees

City trees

Vancouver supports a diverse and healthy urban forest.

The City is responsible for the care and maintenance of all public trees in Vancouver including trees that line our streets, trees that are in parks, and trees along boulevards.

Our city streets alone have over 130,000 trees.

Arborists working for the Park Board grow trees at Vancouver's own tree farm and plant thousands of new trees each year.

Maintenance of street trees includes:

  • Pruning trees
  • Planting trees
  • Removal of trees
  • Dealing with pests and diseases regarding trees

The City can also help with:

  • Additional street beautification projects 
  • Preparing planting sites near the base of trees (we provide flowers for residents to plant around the base of boulevard trees if we have left over flowers from planting in the public parks).

How to help maintain the City's trees

Homeowners are asked to:

  • Watch for vandalism of trees. 
  • Be aware of the inadvertent damage that can be caused to young trees from lawn mowers and weed whips
  • Water newly planted trees. Watch for these tags.

Watering instructions tag for a newly planted street tree 

School children and community groups are encouraged to:

  • Participate in Arbor Week tree-planting activities. 
  • Participate in educational outreach programs about the care and benefits of our Vancouver street trees.

Ask for tree maintenance or new trees on City streets or parks

Ask for maintenance of trees in parks and on streets

Tell the City online about your concern with trees along streets or in parks.

Trees on private property

If you have questions or concerns about trees on private property that are not the responsibility of the City, call 3-1-1.

Vandalism and car accidents involving trees

We repair or replace trees that have been vandalized or damaged due to car accidents, and we recover damages to pay for repairs or replacements.

Claims for replacement for a mature tree can be as high as $20,000.

Ask. Tell. Connect.

Phone 3-1-1 to ask, tell, and connect with the City

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Street tree pruning program

The City of Vancouver has so many trees that it takes arboriculture staff a total of eight years to prune them all.

Crews systematically prune at least 1/8th of all trees in the City each year.

Did you know?

Permits for tree removal

Did you know that you need a permit to remove a tree as per The Protection of Trees Bylaw?

Find out when a permit is needed and download an application form.


Protection of trees bylaw

Protection of Trees Bylaw

Preserves, protects, and strengthens our urban forest, while permitting property owners to remove trees for property maintenance and development.

Street Tree Bylaw

Regulates the Vancouver Park Board's care, condition, and management of trees on boulevards and medians of City-owned streets.

Last modified: Fri, 12 Oct 2012 12:26:44

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