New strategy for tree management is published

21st June 2022


More trees will be planted, protected and better managed under a bold new plan for the trees and hedgerows across Three Rivers district.

The new Tree Strategy has been published by Three Rivers District Council following 18 months of development including consultation with residents. The document will help guide the council’s work on trees over the next five years.

The strategy is focused on ensuring the council’s trees are maintained in a safe and healthy condition, and that new trees are planted for future generations. It also sets out how the council will ensure important trees in the district are protected, and how damage to trees during development will be prevented.

Council leader Cllr Sarah Nelmes said: “In Three Rivers we are lucky to have a wealth of outstanding green spaces right on our doorstep. By recognising the importance of trees in mitigating and adapting to the climate and ecological crises we face, this strategy will play a crucial part in helping to deliver our Climate Emergency and Sustainability Strategy and achieving our long-term goal of a sustainable district.”

The council has also launched a new online portal for protected trees in the district. Owners of trees that are protected by a Tree Preservation Order, or are within a Conservation Area, are required by law to make an application to the council before felling or pruning them.

The new portal will enable tree owners, local residents and tree surgeons to check instantly for information on trees that are protected and download copies of Tree Preservation Orders.

The system enables people to enter a postal address, or post code and search to see if there are protected trees on their property, or in the local community, or if they live in a Conservation Area. The initiative is just one of a number actions identified in the council’s recently produced Tree Strategy.

The portal and guidance on how to use it can be accessed here:

The new Tree Strategy is available here: