Trees in public spaces

As a land owner we must meet certain obligations in relation to trees on land which we own or maintain.

We have a duty of care under the Occupiers Liability Act to all persons using 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 of causing serious harm or damage are either removed or pruned appropriately to completely eliminate the risk or significantly reduce it.

We will also carry our pruning works on our own trees in parks, recreation grounds, space around offices & day centres, cemeteries, and car parks for: formative pruning; cultural and historic reasons; and to prevent nuisance.

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

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