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Tree management

We are responsible for the efficient management of trees in Authority ownership within urban and rural environments.

Tree management


The law protects certain individual and groups of trees. Those trees that have Tree Preservations Orders (TPO's) or are within Conservation Areas are protected under a range of legislation that makes it an offence to carry out any work on those trees without permission from the Local Authority.

Trees that grow in Council owned property or on public open spaces are also protected as they are deemed as Council Property. Anyone willfully damaging these can be prosecuted.

The Authority has its own professional tree maintenance team who carries out all appropriate tree care and maintenance to trees owned by the council.

If you have any queries or would like advice about tree care and maintenance, please use the contact details above.

Some advice for private tree owners

  • always contact the Local Authority to ensure that the trees are not protected by a Tree Protection Order, 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).
  • Never employ house callers or leaflet droppers claiming to be professional tree surgeons.
  • reputable Tree Surgeons will always have some form of professional identification and qualification proof.Always ask to see it.
  • reputable Tree Surgeons can be found in the Yellow Pages or contact us for further advice.
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