Many trees in public spaces are maintained by us, including trees in gardens and parks. Trees often encroach over boundary lines into private properties. You do not need to obtain permission from us before carrying out any maintenance works, provided the works are limited to only the pruning of side branches back to the boundary line.
You will however need to check whether your property is within a conservation area or whether the tree is protected by Tree Preservation Order (TPO).
To verify if the tree is in a conservation area or protected by a Tree Preservation Order you can use our interactive mapping tool.
You can request maintenance works on trees in public open spaces, parks and woodlands if the tree is:
- a barrier to access
- dead, dying or dangerous trees or branches
- damaging property or surfaces due to root growth
- obscuring telephone lines, road or street signs and lamp columns
How to request tree maintenance?
Request tree maintenance