The Sutherland Shire is a part of the southern metropolitan region of Sydney. The Royal National Park, part of the Heathcote National Park, and Cronulla State Park are all within its borders. Community polls commissioned by the Sutherland Shire Council show that the residents of the region are exceptionally connected to nature and are primarily dedicated to nature conservation. With conservation efforts and a distinct amount of vegetation on both public and private lands, the Sutherland Shire has many regulations in place for the pruning and removal of trees and vegetation. With approximately half of the property within Sutherland Shire being protected forests there are quite a few arborists in the region.
Arborist: The Job
Arborists operating in the Sutherland Shire must have extensive knowledge of Sutherland Shire Council policies and procedures for tree removal and pruning as well as regional and nationwide laws governing landscape and environmental protections on both public and private lands. Arborists also obtain special licenses and education related to the technical aspects of their jobs. They are most common as small-scale businesses that cover specific regions. Arborists in Sutherland Shire are specialists: they are not landscapers. They deal specifically with pruning and removing trees.
Well-known Arborists Operating in the Sutherland Shire
Below is a list of licensed arborists registered with the Sutherland Shire Council’s directory of arborists.
- Treescape: One of two arborists licensed to work on public lands
- Treeserve: One of two arborists licensed to work on public lands
- One Two Tree Lopping Services
- Rennie Bros Tree Surgeons
- Wolf Trees and Gardens
- Bob and Ben: The Tree Men
- Cutting Edge Tree Care Pty Ltd
- Access Stump Grinding Ltd
- A & C Ace Tree Service
- Oze Chipping Service Pty Ltd
- Sydney’s Tree Works
- TreeLine Tree Surgeons Pty Ltd
- Perpetual Tree Care Services
- Sydney Trees – Arborist Services
- Shane’s Trees
Tree Removal: Last Things to Know
In the Sutherland Shire, the vast majority of tree removals or even tree pruning require permission from the Sutherland Shire Council via an application and approval process. A private landowner can prune trees on their lands if they intend to prune less than 10% of their total canopy. The council has measures in place to identify protected trees and trees near water sources as well as local vegetation. The council provides an exceptions list of trees that can be removed without permission or application. The council is responsible for developing protocols to protect trees in public spaces. The council will only remove trees for safety reasons if they become hazardous or are impeding a structurally sound building. The Sutherland Shire has a robust network of arborists dedicated to protecting the region’s canopy with responsible tree removal.