If you would like work to be done on a tree, on a property, 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 you are affected 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, on a property 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
Where you are affected by the overhang of neighbouring trees, you are permitted to prune back the overhanging branches so long as the tree is not covered by a TPO or is situated within a Conservation Area. It is advisable to check this with either the owner or with the council before hand; unauthorised works to trees within this criteria carry a large fine.
If the tree is located within a Conservation Area but not covered by a TPO, a description of required works would need to submitted to the Tree Preservation Officer before work is commenced.
The care and maintenance of any trees within private property is the responsibility of the landowner or tenant.
Non-TPO or non-Conservation Area trees
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.
Please note that the tenancy agreement for council house tenants makes them responsible for trees in the front and back garden.
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 a first point of call contact our Insurance Department.