'Seed to Success' Council Trialling Program 2023

This program is open to Council Managers responsible for the selection, planting and maintenance of trees in the urban environment. If you are interested in attending, please register by calling the team on 03 9554 2000.

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The process of trialling new tree material takes time and effort, but the gains to horticulture, landscaping and amenity planting can be substantial.  The aim of this collaborative Trialling program is to increase species diversity based on results-driven, localised tree survivability and performance.


During the year, Speciality Trees, in conjunction with its council customers and in collaboration with Treenet, will identify potential tree species suitable for inclusion in the Trialling Program. This discussion results in an agreed, commercially viable and resource-considerate species list for trialling the following year.

Each November, Councils will be invited to participate in the Trialling Program with material selected from the Species List.  

A 3-party approach means there is the appropriate management and measures on each stage of trialling for the best results:

  • Speciality Trees expertise with seed sources, variety selections, propagation and seeding methods;
  • Council expertise on species and location planning and with teams in place to plant and maintain;
  • Treenet expertise to document and record with the aim of reporting on findings nationally.

Ideally, this program is designed to identify, propagate, grow and record new material across a minimum 3-5 year period. Depending on the trial species delivery of any material supplied under these trialling terms can occur anywhere within an 18 to 36-month window.

As a rolling program, the aim is to enable ongoing discussion around potential and tested material in the urban environment, with species selected in any given year the subject to clearly communicated growing guidelines and structured evaluation beneficial to horticulture practitioners Australia-wide.

Each year the program aims to secure a commitment from all parties ensuring everyone remains cognisant of the end result regardless of time, effort and the impact of personnel changes across all businesses.


For more information on this collaborative program, please contact:
John Simpson or Ben Scoble at Speciality Trees on 03 9554 2000 
Dr Tim Johnson at Treenet on 08 7080 6310.

To RSVP for the 2023 event, please register by 23rd October 2023 here.

02/10/2023 Events, In the News


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