Trees & Hedges

Since 1947 planning law has protected certain trees for the positive contribution they make to the character of our towns, villages and countryside. In short, trees make places look better. However, we have come to realise that human activity has put the UK and the world in a worrying state of global warming and species decline. Trees have an important role to play with mitigating the impacts of global warming whilst also creating much needed habitat for the UKs native animal species. The Council is responsible for the maintenance of trees on the land that it owns, including trees on commons, in parks and open spaces. The Council also assesses applications for works to protected trees and high hedge cases.

The Council offer an online service to report an issue with a council-owned tree. To see more information about works on council-owned trees please see council-owned trees guidance sheet.