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Tree Management

Information about Trees

The Tree & Landscape Unit is part of the Leisure & Community Services section, which aims to provide a high quality service that offers a mix of activities for all ages and abilities. Everyone who uses one of our services is entitled to:

  • A high quality service, delivered by welcoming, skilled and helpful staff
  • A fair and equal access to all services
  • Safe, clean and well maintained buildings and equipment 
  • A prompt and full response to suggestions or complaints

Find out more on Tree Preservation Orders

Tree Managament in Three Rivers

Three Rivers District Council currently own over 240 hectares of woodland on sites from large Local Nature Reserve sites such as Oxhey Woods to small pockets of woodland adjacent to residential areas.

They work only on dead, dying and dangerous trees.  The Council is responsible for the appropriate management of trees in Authority ownership within urban and rural environments.

The law protects certain individual and groups of trees. Those trees that have Tree Preservation Orders (TPO's) or are within Conservation Areas are protected under the Town and Country Planning Act that makes it an offence to carry out any work on those trees without permission from the Local Authority.

Trees that grow in Council owned public open spaces are also protected as they are deemed as Council Property. Anyone wilfully damaging these can be prosecuted.

TPOs can be placed on any tree that has amenity value. Trees that are exempt from TPOs are those that are dead, dying, diseased or dangerous and fruit trees grown for the commercial production of fruit.  TPOs prohibits the cutting down, uprooting, topping, lopping, wilful damage or wilful destruction of trees without the Council's consent.

Please refer to the Tree Managment Strategy document attached to this page, for more details.

The Council has an arborist team that manages trees and woodlands owned by the council.

Some advice for private tree owners

  • Always contact the Local Authority to ensure that the trees are not protected before carrying out work.
  • Always employ a suitable trained professional Tree Surgeon, who is covered by Public Liability Insurance. (Always ask for proof).
  • Never employ house callers or leaflet droppers claiming to be professional tree surgeons.
  • Reputable Tree Surgeons can be found in the Yellow Pages or contact us for further advice.

To establish whether a tree is protected by a Tree Preservation Order, or to apply for permission to work on a protected tree, contact the Customer Services Centre on 01923 776611 or e-mail enquiries@threerivers.gov.uk

Management of trees in parks and open spaces

The Council surveys it's tree stock as appropriate to take into account of its age, health and position.


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