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Trees

Nottingham City Council manages around 100,000 individual trees, along with over 100 hectares of woods.

Trees bring many benefits, such as reducing pollution and enhancing the local environment. Generally people enjoy living near trees, but occasionally they can cause problems.

Nottingham City Council has a statutory duty to ensure that trees under our control are maintained so that their condition or location does not pose an unreasonable risk to people or property.

All year round we have an ongoing programme of checking the trees across the city and doing essential work such as pruning. We inspect trees on Council-owned streets every three years

We are responsible for looking after the following trees

We are not responsible for

on streets

private gardens

on Nottingham City Homes managed estates

leasehold gardens

within gardens of Nottingham City Homes tenants

trees within the gardens of housing association properties.

within parks and open spaces

within leisure, cemeteries and allotments

What tree work does the Tree Services team carry out?

  • pruning
  • removing dead trees or trees in poor condition
  • removing trees if they are unsuitable for their location or are suppressing the growth of better trees.

What work does the Tree Services team consider carrying out on trees?

We take action (e.g. pruning or felling) when trees affect:

  • the safety of people or property, as assessed by a professional Arborists 
  • safety on our roads, such as low branches overhanging a road or when trees obscure road signs or street lamps.
  • the safety of a building: we will carry out work to tree roots if clear evidence can be provided that a tree is causing subsidence.

What tree work are you unlikely to carry out?

We are unlikely to carry out tree work if trees are:

  • obscuring a view
  • causing loss of light
  • obstructing solar panels
  • perceived to be too large
  • causing interference to TV, satellite or radio equipment reception
  • affecting power cables or phone lines - please contact your provider
  • shedding honeydew or sticky deposits
  • shedding petals, pollen, leaves, seeds or fruit.

We will also not prune trees because of problems caused by birds or squirrels. The Council's Pest Control Team (contact details below) will deal with squirrels within buildings and provide advice on keeping them out.

Contact details

Tree Services
Telephone: 0115 915 2705 or 0115 915 2000
Email: treeservices@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Pest Control
Telephone:0115 915 2020
Email environmental.health@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Ash Die Back

Chalara dieback of ash is a serious disease of ash trees caused by a fungus called Chalara fraxinea. The disease causes leaf loss and crown dieback in affected trees, and usually leads to tree death. It is potentially a very serious threat. It has caused widespread damage to ash populations in continental Europe, including estimated losses of between 60 and 90 per cent of Denmark's ash trees.

Please help us to look out for any symptoms of ash dieback in Nottingham.  The Forestry Commission website has videos and photos showing how to identify the disease. 

If you spot any of these symptoms in Nottingham, please contact the Tree Services team on 0115 9152705.

Tree Preservation Orders (TPO)

The purpose of a Tree Preservation Order is to protect trees which make a significant impact on their local surroundings. This is particularly important on development sites and where trees are in immediate danger.   

Those trees that have Tree Preservation Orders or are within conservation areas cannot be pruned without prior permission from the Council. To find out further information on TPOs please click here.

Urban Forest Strategy

The Nottingham Urban Forest Strategy is a key document for the city setting out a framework for the planning and management of the city's urban forest. The City Council are committed to the high quality and proactive management of its tree stock and has defined its vision for the future of trees and woodlands in the city as: Create an urban forest that is managed sustainably for the benefit of Nottingham's communities. The strategy document can be downloaded below.



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