- Promote and improve the natural environment in the City of Whitehorse
- Promote an understanding of indigenous plants and the natural environment
- Disseminate information to members.
Statement of Purpose
- To investigate the present and potential areas of parklands and sanctuaries within the City of Whitehorse and to have selected bushland areas reserved as sanctuaries and parklands, preserving their natural amenity.
- To encourage and participate in the planting of indigenous trees and plants in parks and sanctuaries and along streets, especially in denuded areas.
- To foster a general interest in the native flora of the City of Whitehorse, to encourage the retention of existing indigenous trees and plants, and, in particular, to encourage the use of indigenous plants in private gardens.
- To stimulate an interest in the history of the City of Whitehorse, in particular by accumulating, disseminating and preserving information on the natural history of the area.
- To concern itself with wider conservation issues, although the interests of the Society lie mainly within the City of Whitehorse.
The Tree Society is a not-for-profit incorporated environmental organization with over 180 members managed by an honorary committee of five members.
The Society concerns itself with issues involving the natural landscape within the City of Whitehorse and also regional, statewide and national environmental concerns. Local issues of interest to the society include planning, the built landscape, streetscape character and the management of municipal parks and open spaces.
The Society was started in 1959 when a group of Blackburn residents, concerned about the loss of local bush character, banded together to lobby council to reserve areas of remnant vegetation and open space for parkland.
The Society has been instrumental in supporting the election of ‘green’ Councilors, actively promotes the planting of indigenous plants and has published regular newsletters, plant guide booklets and an indigenous plants poster.
In the early to mid-1980s, the Society was instrumental in the creation of the Special Residential Zone (now the Significant Landscape Overlay No. 1) in Blackburn with its tree control provisions and has provided crucial support for establishing community Bushland Park Advisory Committees unique to Whitehorse.