Advice and Policy on Trees

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Advice and Policy on Trees


The tree officers can give general advice regarding tree matters but are not able to provide a consultancy service. Verbal advice may be given with regards specific and relevant issues but formal reports will need to be provided by other suitably qualified professionals. A list of people with the necessary qualifications and experience is available from the Arboricultural Association on 01242 522152.

On average we receive 2000 calls a year about Council managed trees. We have to assess the priority of any tree works and to assist us with this we have a system called Traffic Light Trees.   
This leaflet below provides advice as to what is needed before any development close to trees, either trees on your property or a neighbour's property.

Out of Hours Emergencies

Should a tree-related incident occur outside office hours that will not wait until the Council Offices are next open, the Council has an emergency telephone number.

If, in the case of emergency, you need to contact an officer outside of office hours, please telephone either of the Council's main telephone numbers listed below and follow the menu to obtain the emergency number :

023 8068 8000  or  023 8068 8068

Please note, this is strictly for emergencies only. They will then respond to the incident and take any necessary action to remove the danger.