There are thousands of trees in our parks and gardens and along our streets. Some are important local landmarks, others help to soften and enhance built-up areas. Trees also provide an important habitat and food source for wildlife.
The tree service maintains and enhances the quality of trees in the borough. As well as maintaining trees growing in our parks, woodlands and along our streets, we encourage the management of privately owned trees and trees on development sites.
You can find further information from the following webpages:
For further information on making an application to fell or undertake works to trees covered by a Tree Preservation Order, please our webpage on Application for tree works - Works to trees subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) and/or Notification of proposed works to trees in conservation areas.
If you want further information on making a Tree Preservation Order, please take a look at the leaflet below
Policy and guidance
The tree policy relates to the council's roles in managing its own trees and influencing the management of privately owned trees and woodlands, including those on development sites and can be downloaded below.
Landscape and Biodiversity Supplementary Planning Document
The councils Landscape and Biodiversity Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) was prepared to provide additional guidance to policies in the (1996-2011) Local Plan. In light of a new Local Plan (2011-2029) being adopted in May 2016 the SPDs are currently being reviewed.
You may find the information in the following leaflets useful.
Report a problem with a tree
If you notice a problem with a publically owned tree or have any issues with a tree or trees on private land, you can submit an enquiry on the form below:
Natural Environment Team
Telephone: 01256 844844