Trees in public spaces

We have a duty of care under the Occupiers Liability Act to all persons using or accessing our land. To maintain this duty of care we have our trees inspected on a cyclical basis to proactively identify any that are of a high risk to persons and property.

Any trees identified as being a high risk under the councils Tree Risk Management Strategy of presenting serious harm or damage are either pruned or removed by one of our approved tree surgery contractors. 

The council are responsible for trees in parks, recreation grounds, space around our offices and day centres, cemeteries, car parks, opens spaces and countryside sites. If you have any concerns regarding trees on Elmbridge land please refer to the contact us form and contact number on our dangerous trees page.

We will not usually carry out or permit pruning works to trees for the following reasons:

  • overhanging branches
  • improving light / reduce shading issues
  • due to trees growing or being tall
  • carry our works to third party trees
  • allow third parties to fund works to council owned trees

Sites we are not responsible for includes:

  • Trees on public highways, roadside verges and footpaths. Trees on the public highway are managed by Surrey County Council Highways department. If you have any queries regarding trees on or adjacent to the highway, footpath or grass verges please contact Surrey County Council.
  • Trees on social housing land. Any dangerous, nuisance or fallen trees located on social housing land in Elmbridge must be directly reported to PA Housing.

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