If you would like work to be done on a tree, which is covered by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO), you will need to submit a 'Works to Trees' application before any work is started. To find out if a tree is covered by a TPO, see the find section.
If the tree is not covered by a TPO, then any pruning or removal works are allowed to be carried out without prior permission from the council, providing that the property is not located within a Conservation Area.
'Work to Trees' application
You can apply for work to be done on a tree, which is covered by a TPO in the apply section.
List of tree surgeons
We do not provide a service to carry out works, but you can download a list of registered tree contractors.
Pruning overhanging trees
You are permitted to prune back overhanging branches from a tree in a neighbour's property, if the tree is not covered by a TPO or in a conservation area. We would advise you to check the status of a tree with the owner or the council before pruning any branches. Any unauthorised works to trees covered by a TPO or in a conservation area carry a large fine.
If the tree is located within a conservation area, but is not covered by a TPO, a description of works to be carried out needs to submitted. You will need to submit this to the Tree Preservation Officer before the works are due to start.
The care and maintenance of any trees within private property is the responsibility of the landowner or tenant.
Trees not covered by a TPO or conservation area
Any dispute between neighbours regarding trees not covered by a TPO or not within a Conservation Area is considered a civil matter. The council will not intervene at any time.
Council house tenants
If you live in a council house you are responsible for maintaining the trees in the front and back garden. Please check your tenancy agreement for further information.
Cracks in walls
If you suspect damage such as cracks in walls or surrounding land to a property is caused by a tree located on the public highway, you should as your first point of call contact our Insurance Department.