Geelong designated a Tree City of the World for a second year

February 22, 2024 BY

The Algerian oak tree at Mont Street, Newtown. Photos: SUPPLIED

CITY of Greater Geelong has secured its status as a Tree City of the World from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation for a second straight year.

Geelong met five core standards of the criteria for the recognition, including establishing responsibility for the city’s trees, setting policy governing tree management, having an updated tree inventory, dedicating an annual budget for a tree management plan, and holding an annual celebration of trees.

The Tree City accreditation coincides with two Greater Geelong Trees – a moonah tree in St Leonards and the Algerian oak tree in Newtown being added to the National Trust of Australia register and given state significance.

The moonah tree in the Foreshore Reserve at St Leonards.


Geelong mayor Trent Sullivan expressed his pride in Geelong being recognised again.

“The Greater Geelong trees are not just part of our landscape; they contribute to the city’s liveability and distinct neighbourhood charm,” he said.

“Whether it’s the iconic hoop pines along our waterfront or the majestic elm trees, our trees are living assets that require continuous care and management.

“This recognition solidifies our commitment to ensuring the city’s trees are sustainably managed, properly cared for, and celebrated.”

Chair of the council’s environmental and circular economy portfolio Peter Murrihy also welcomed the accreditation.

“These trees are significant local landmarks that are often visited by families and are popular sites for wedding photography,” Cr Murrihy said.

“They are part of our Greater Geelong heritage and must be preserved for future generations to enjoy.”