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 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 at a minimum of every three years.

We are responsible for looking after the trees growing in the following locations

We are not responsible for trees growing in

  • On streets, roads and other adopted highways
  • On Nottingham City Homes managed estates
  • Within the gardens of Nottingham City Homes tenants
  • Within parks, council-owned open spaces, cemeteries and allotments
  • Private gardens
  • Leasehold gardens
  • Trees within the gardens owned by other housing associations

Work Tree Services will carry out:

  • Pruning trees; 
  • Removing dead trees or trees in very poor condition;
  • Assessing trees if they are unsuitable for their location or are suppressing the growth of better trees.

We take action when trees affect:

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

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

Contact details

Tree Services
Telephone: 0115 915 2705 

Tree planting and tree sponsorship

As part of the council's commitment to plant 50,000 trees by the end of 2023, Tree Services with assistance from national and regional funding are planting new trees and woodlands in suitable locations across the city

Establishing trees in streets can be costly and we are working hard to help fund tree planting. In winter 2021, the council's Street Tree Sponsorship Scheme will open to allow communities and citizens the opportunity to help sponsor a street tree. 

As well as looking for funding for planting new trees, we are seeking pledges of maintenance. Watering new trees takes time, needs to happen every week in hot weather and can therefore be costly on resources.  Can you and your community water a newly planted tree for a year?

Ash dieback

Chalara ash dieback is a serious disease of ash trees caused by a fungus called Hymenoscyphus fraxineus. The disease causes leaf loss and crown dieback in affected trees and will lead to an estimated 80% death of the UK ash tree population. It is potentially a very serious threat.

Tree Officers are inspecting ash trees in Nottingham and ash tree removals have started where a diseased tree may lead to an unacceptable risk to the safety of citizens of property. 

Urban Forest Strategy

The Nottingham Urban Forest Strategy 2012-2020 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. The Urban Forest Strategy is currently being reviewed to include a specific Tree Planting Assessment to indicate the most important areas to focus tree planting in the city.  The 2012-202 strategy document can be downloaded below.