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

PDF document Leaflet 8 - Guide to preserving trees and request form (PDF, 655 kb)

Policy and guidance

Tree Policy

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.

PDF document Basingstoke and Deane Local Plan 1996 - 2011 (PDF, 890 kb)

Advice leaflets

You may find the information in the following leaflets useful.

PDF document Leaflet 1 - Dead, dying or dangerous trees (PDF, 640 kb)

PDF document Leaflet 2 - Guide to proper pruning (PDF, 592 kb)

PDF document Leaflet 3 - Pruning a neighbours tree (PDF, 417 kb)

PDF document Leaflet 4 - Guide to protect trees (PDF, 120 kb)

PDF document Leaflet 6 - Guide to planting and Aftercare of New Trees (PDF, 338 kb)

PDF document Leaflet 7 - Buying a house with a tree in the garden (PDF, 402 kb)

PDF document Leaflet 8 - Guide to preserving trees (PDF, 655 kb)

PDF document Leaflet 9 - Birds, bats and trees (PDF)

PDF document Leaflet 10 - Trees overhanging the highway (PDF, 951 kb)

PDF document Leaflet 11 - Guide to subsidence and trees May 2014 (PDF, 668 kb)

PDF document Leaflet 13 - Tree preservation orders and compensation (PDF, 55 kb)

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:

Report a tree problem

Related links

Contact details

Natural Environment Team


Telephone: 01256 844844


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