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Council owned trees

We look after many trees in parks and public open spaces and carry out an annual programme of management and planting work. Trees are deemed to be our property if they grow within the boundaries of any buildings we own, or in public open spaces. Anyone wilfully damaging trees risks prosecution.

If you feel that any of our trees are causing a problem you can:

Request council trees be cut back online.

Trees and the law

The law protects certain individual trees and groups of trees. Trees that are covered by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO), or are located within a Conservation Area, are protected by planning legislation. This legislation makes it an offence to carry out any work on those trees without prior permission from our Planning Department.

Some advice for private tree owners

  • Always contact us to ensure that the trees are not protected by Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs), planning constraints, or that the tree is within a Conservation Area.

  • Always employ a suitable trained professional Tree Surgeon, who is covered by Public Liability Insurance. (Always ask for proof).

  • Be careful about employing house callers, or leaflet droppers, claiming to be professional tree surgeons.

  • Always ask to see proof of professional identification and qualification for a tree work contractor.