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Trees and pruning

Trees, grass cutting and pruning

There is no fixed schedule for pruning. We prune hedges according to set standards. Read on to find out more.

Dangerous trees

Contact us to report a dangerous tree. 

Maintaining hedges, shrubs and vegetation

Our contractors, Tivoli Group Ltd, maintain and cut hedges, shrubs and vegetation in public places.

How often are hedges cut?

Most hedges are cut once a year.

Hedges, shrubs and vegetation standards

We monitor hedges, shrubs and vegetation on public land to make sure they are maintained to agreed standards. 

These standards are

  • Hedges and shrubs are not allowed to interfere with - entrances, pathways, etc
  • Bird nesting legislation is adhered to - see bird nesting and vegetation (PDF document)
  • Self-set trees, brambles, stinging nettle etc are removed when requested
  • Litter does not become out of hand
  • Any dead or diseased plants are removed and gaps replaced or protected
  • Base of hedges are managed sustainably
  • Leaves, hedgerow flora, mulch, and organic material remain if they don't interfere with entrances, pathways, etc

Report overgrown hedges, shrubs or vegetation

If you spot an area where the standards are not being met contact us

Dangerous trees     

We will undertake work to trees on public land to maintain public safety or the health of the tree. 

We can't prune privately owned trees. It is the landowner’s responsibility to prune back trees that overhang their property and ensure that a tree is not protected before carrying out any works.

Our tree maintenance policy

Overhanging trees

There is no legal requirement or obligation for cutting back of height or spread of roots and branches from overhanging trees.

Where trees are reported to overhang private properties and gardens we will agree to cut back only if it is causing or will cause physical damage to a property wall, fence or roof.

We are not able to cut back trees for the following reasons

  • Height and size
  • Fouling birds
  • Light
  • Falling leaves, sap, berries, flowers or pollen
  • Overhanging with no danger to property
  • Views
  • Roots - unless they cause structural damage 

Privately owned trees

With the exception of protected trees - trees included in a Tree Preservation Order or in a conservation area - any property owner is within their legal right to cut back to the boundary line if they wish to do so. The cuttings will have to be disposed of by the property owner. 

For emergencies relating to privately owned trees, contact a local tree contractor, visit the Arboricultural Association website, or read our Frequently Asked Questions about trees (PDF document.) 

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