How we look after our trees
As far as possible, council-owned trees are allowed to grow to their natural form and size, in keeping with the original ideals behind tree planting in the across the Borough. Therefore, the pollarding of trees is not undertaken as a matter of course.
Health and safety inspections are undertaken to all our trees growing across the Borough. The frequency of the inspections are determined by the risk imposed by trees based on their size and maturity, neighboring properties and the volume of pedestrians that may pass the trees. This is in line with the Authority’s tree management plan.
Any necessary pruning works are prioritised and if resources are available, then these works will be undertaken. However, the council does not usually prune trees to allow light, enhance views or to remove seasonal nuisances such as fallen leaves and fruit etc.