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
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
- Falling leaves, sap, berries, flowers or pollen
- Overhanging with no danger to property
- 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.)